Speaking Rhetoric – Your Turn Assignment

Speaking Rhetoric – Your Turn Assignment

DIRECTIONS: Follow the steps below write the first draft of your speech.


1 Choose an essay to transform into a speech.

2 Narrow or shift the focus of your speech.

3 Choose details for your hook, body, and clincher.

4 Choose an organizational pattern for the body of your speech.

3 Draft your speech.

Step 1: Choose an essay to transform into a speech. The essay you choose should develop a theme or tell a story that has a point. Two of the writing assignments in this course include just such an assignment. If you completed these lessons already, you can use the essay you wrote for one of those assignments. If you did not complete these lessons yet, you'll need to find another narrative or thematic essay that you've written–or find or even write a new one just for this assignment.

Type your title of your essay in the space below.


Step 2: Narrow or shift the focus of your speech. Your essay may contain too much detail to work as a speech. Remember that a speech is more compelling (for most audiences) if it lasts no longer than fifteen minutes. Identify a theme or focus for your speech that is more narrow than the focus in your essay, if you think you would need more than fifteen minutes to convey the essay's ideas.

Describe the focus of your speech in the space below.



Student Name:


Speaking Rhetoric – Your Turn Assignment

Step 3: Choose details for your hook, body, and clincher. The order in which you say details or make points can be quite different in a speech, compared to an essay on the same topic. For example, the hook is much more important for a speech because you want to get listeners' attention very quickly, and completely. Scan the sentences and details in your essay to see which ones are mostly likely to create a stir or raise interesting questions in listeners' minds. Feel free to rewrite those sentences to sound more dramatic or intriguing.

List the details (or copy and paste sentences) from your essay that will appear in each part of your speech.




Step 4: Choose an organizational pattern for the body of your speech. Deciding on a pattern for your speech can make it much easier to select details that will appear in the body section. (You may not have time to include them all.) Make sure that the pattern you choose can support your overall theme or point, though.

In the space below, identify or describe the organizational pattern you chose.



Student Name:


Speaking Rhetoric – Your Turn Assignment

Step 5: Draft your speech. Using the notes you recorded in the previous four steps, write your speech out more or less as you would say it. You don't have to include every single word you would say, but you need to write out the most important statements and list the most important details. As you write, keep in the mind the suggestions in this lesson about avoiding wordiness, making your sentences easy to follow when heard aloud, and using simpler rather than more obscure language.

In the space below, copy and paste your essay. Then, edit the essay to transform it into a speech instead.


  1. student name:
  2. title of essay: Comprehensive Teaching Strategy
  3. focus of speech: The speech mainly focuses on specific strategies that teachers can employ to provide all-inclusive teaching to both the younger and older students. These strategies have been developed based on the problems that are faced in the classes both by the teacher and by the students. It may seem that the teachers' job is very easy but it is actually the opposite and that is being described in this speech. Each student is unique and they require different teaching strategies to be applied on them. How to handle difficult situations while teaching using these strategies is what being told here. Focusing on teachers and the would-be teachers this speech is written which will provide them immense help. Following these strategies teachers will easily be able to convey the subject matter to the students.
  4. hook: In the professional field teachers face several unexpected and difficult situations. But if certain strategies are followed these situations can easily be handled or even be prevented. When you teachers come across such situations like not being able to properly transfer an information to the student, following these strategies these situation can easily be averted.
  5. body: Teachers don’t get to teach students of the same age always. They have to deal with both children and relatively older students. For different age groups, different strategies have to be implied but there are some problems that occur for students of all age groups. Building punctuality in the students is a must for students. For that, encouraging actions must be taken. The teachers’ feedback matters a lot to the students. Giving proper and effective feedback on the works of the students can give lasting results. It is essential to provide enough time for the revision. This time will be decided by the teacher only doing proper judgment of the length and difficulty level of the assignment. Teachers must maintain a regular conversation with the students and their parents.This is very crucial for having a proper understanding of the problems of the students.
  6. clincher: If situations and problems are handled strategically, better results can be achieved. This essay can help and suggest the teachers in order to make their teaching experience much better which will benefit both the students and the teachers. All though different teachers have different styles, these strategies are sure to make their professional lives much better.
  7. organizational pattern: The organizational pattern that I have chosen is the problem-cause-solution pattern. I have at first described some problems that are faced by teachers in their regular teaching process and then have explained the reasons that I believe is causing the problems and then recommended some possible strategies to solve those problems. Also, by following these strategies these problems can also be avoided or prevented.
  8. speech: I have come across many teachers some of whom are great and some of them are of the average quality. But, there are some common situations which all of them have experienced in their teaching career. As a non-teacher from the outside, it may seem to us that a teacher's job is very easy. But, we often fail to understand the difficulties they go through every day. Some problems like non-attentive students, students who always complete their task very late, students having no interest in the subject matter, are kinds of stuff which we have heard before or it can be the case that we, in our childhood were like these only. If these situations and problems continue to occur every day, we can very well guess how the mental condition of the teacher will be like. So, here I will discuss some easy strategies to follow to handle these kinds of situations with an ace. Because teachers are a big pillar of the society and obviously we wouldn't want them to face the same problems every day. I know that every teacher has their unique teaching styles but these strategies can help every teacher out there. First of all, let's talk about the punctuality of the students. We have always seen in our classes that one or two students who are always late in completing and submitting any given task be it assignments, projects, or a thesis paper. This will obviously lead to the students lesser marks and ultimately the grades will start to fall. For the teacher also, this is a headache that he/she have to wait for the student to submit and to check another one or two tasks separately. What can a teacher do in this situation? the teacher can take up some encouraging actions. When a teacher gives constructive feedback to a student for the task done it can encourage and inspire the student to do well. We all love some appreciation for our hard work, the same goes for the students. When they get positive or at least some valuable feedback from the teacher he/she will try to hold on to the standard or better it. On the other hand, if no feedback is given, a misconception can build inside the student that a perfect, error-free task has been done. So, it is a must to give the correct feedbacks. When students don't get enough time or opportunity to revise or modify their task it is often seen that the task still contains several mistakes. This can be avoided by giving them sufficient time considering the difficulty level and length of the task. Every human has different speed and methods for conducting any work, in the students' case the same factor applies, so this should also be kept in mind by the teachers. The most important strategy that I will be telling today is maintaining proper and regular communication with the students and the students' parents. You will always find some student in the class, after whom no matter however much effort you put, they never show any interest in what is being taught. It may be the case that they are facing some problem which they cannot share due to the lack of proper communication between the teacher and the student. Communicating regularly with the students can help the teacher in understanding the problems of the students and then provide effective and right solutions for them. This will also improve the student's learning process. Communicating with the parents is crucial for informing them about the students' performance, behavior etc. The parents can also ask any kind of queries relating to their children. So, these were my strategies for providing comprehensive teaching to the students. No matter what is the age group of your students, what teaching style you follow, these strategies can help you all. So apply them and have a happy and content teaching experience. Thank you.

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