Next we returned to the Land of Ancient Podium in Greek Forum and traveled through the Oration Mountains, focusing on how to write and deliver a speech. First we analyzed students' "types of speakers" homework and discussed good and bad habits in public speaking. We learned about the parts of a speech and watched Adora Svitak, an 11 year old, give a great one on a TED talk. Students analyzed her speech for its parts and discussed her use of gestures and appropriate speaking techniques. We reviewed tips for persuasion, making connections to our first semester Marketing study, and I walked students through a model prewriting persuasive map and model speech to help them understand the assignment. Next, students received the topics for their persuasive speeches. There was quite a bit of "groaning", as these topics were selected from a class survey, and each topic had 80% or more of the STRIDE group disagree. I know students will rise to meet the challenge of persuading their classmates to change their minds! We discussed that they will need to do some research on their topics to help them identify reasons and supporting evidence. For homework students will prewrite and then compose a draft of their speechesso that we can conference next week about their ideas. Finally, students practiced giving and accepting "funny" awards at the "Temple of Charity" on our journey. It was lots of fun! Ask your child about the types of awards that were presented. We will have a couple more next week.
Today students also participated in another BreakoutEDU activity. This one was called "Back to Reality" and was based on Minecraft. Both groups were successful at "breaking out". Their collaboration, cooperation, problem solving, and communication skills were tested and stretched, and they did awesome!
While I am certainly ready for summer, I am sad to say that we only have two more weeks of STRIDE this year. Our final STRIDE day, May 24th, will be mostly "Greek". Students may choose to wear a chiton (toga) over their uniforms (I'll have on mine!). Each student will present his/her speech, and I would like to have a few Greek foods for tasting. I will be sending out a link to sign up for Greek foods soon. Thanks!