Public Speaking




Public Speaking



Student Name:

Student Grade:

Speech Number:

Theme: To be Determined by Teacher

Title of Speech:

Duration 3-5 minutes:


The number of words contained in a 3-minute speech depends on how fast you talk.

  • If you speak at 100 words per minute, there are 300 words in a 3-minute speech.
  • If you speak at 125 words per minute, there are 375 words in a 3-minute speech.
  • If you speak at 150 words per minute, there are 450 words in a 3-minute speech.
  • If you speak at 175 words per minute, there are 525 words in a 3-minute speech.
  • If you speak at 200 words per minute, there are 600 words in a 3-minute speech.


If you want to have a good delivery, your goal should be to speak no faster than 150 words per minute. So I would say that you should have a maximum of 450 words in your speech.




  • Education
  • Relationships
  • Global or local issues
  • Science
  • Social Justice
  • History
  • Technology


The creation of an idea

  • An idea expresses curiosity
  • An idea speaks to hope
  • An idea is the first step to an undiscovered solution


Questions one could ask to help students generate ideas related to the theme.

  • What does your future look like?
  • What volunteer work are you involved in that makes a difference in the community, or the world?
  • If you could change the world, how would you do it?
  • What cool technology would you like to invent?
  • What cool technology do you think is just getting started?
  • What could be different in the world?



  • Persuade
  • Inform
  • Entertain
  • Storytelling



Each student will be assessed on a 50-point scale


CONTENT (25 Points)

  • Speech Development - Structure, Organization Support Material (10)
  • Effectiveness - Achievement of Purpose (10)
  • Speech Value - Ideas, Logic, Original Thought (5)



  • Physical Appearance - Confidence, Eye contact (5)
  • Voice - Voice expression/projection, Tone & Voice (5)
  • Manner - Enthusiasm, Correctness (5)
  • Grammar, Word Selection (5)
  • Appropriateness - To speech purpose & Audience (5)


Focus on the following areas:

  • Eye contact
  • Volume
  • Memorization
  • Diction: Speak clear and slow
  • Confidence


  • 3:00 - 5:00 minutes in length
  • 10 Points penalty for speeches under 3:00 or over 5:00 minutes
  • Note cards optional
  • Stand for notes optional
  • Verbatim speech not allowed
  • Props and costumes not allowed
  • Speeches may be in any language

Voice branding

  • Intensity
  • Inflection
  • Rate
  • Frequency
  • Quality



  • Introduction and hook
  • Preview main points
  • Main points (Elaborating time)
  • Review main points
  • Conclusion and compel




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Outline for a speech

Title of your speech



Speech Outline Format (Not Essay Format)

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1. Introduction

A.   Capture your audience’s attention with a quote, anecdote, or personal experience

B.   Build up to your case or the main reason for your speech

C.   Summarize the main idea of your speech and/or Quickly state your three main points

1.    First Main Point

2.    Second Main Point

3.    Third Main Point      


2. Body

Detail, Elaborate, Enjoy each of your 3 main points


3. Conclusion

A.   Restate your three main points

1.    First Main Point

2.    Second Main Point

3.    Third Main Point

B.   Summarize the ideas you’ve presented

C.   Return to your introduction or conclude with a compelling remark



Intro to Public Speaking for 6-8 Grades



1. Introduction* (Hook, then Forecast)

2. Body

3. Conclusion 


*Activity ONE: PITCH

15-30 Second Intro

"Pitch, Hook, Grabber" Only!

Get your audience to believe, buy, pay attention!

Captivate your audience!

4 Methods: Question, Startling Fact, Interesting Story, Famous Quote

Cooperating with others

Communicating with others

Diversity of different races

Device addiction

Saving the planet

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TEDx Kids program