Well Spoken

Teaching Speaking to All Students

All teachers at all grade levels in all subjects have speaking assignments for students, but many teachers believe they don't know how to teach speaking, and many even fear public speaking themselves. In this thoughtful and engaging book, veteran teacher and education consultant Erik Palmer shares the art of teaching speaking in any classroom.

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All teachers at all grade levels in all subjects have speaking assignments for students, but many teachers believe they don't know how to teach speaking, and many even fear public speaking themselves. In Well Spoken, veteran teacher and education consultant Erik Palmer shares the art of teaching speaking in any classroom. Teachers will find thoughtful and engaging strategies for integrating speaking skills throughout the curriculum. Palmer stresses the essential elements of all effective oral communication, including:

  • Building a Speech: Audience, Content, Organization, Visual Aids, and Appearance
  • Performing a Speech: Poise, Voice, Life, Eye Contact, Gestures, and Speed
  • Evaluating a Speech: Creating Effective Rubrics, Guiding Students to Excellence

Well Spoken contains a framework for understanding the skills involved in all effective oral communication, offers practical steps and lesson ideas that any teacher needs to successfully teach speaking in a variety of situations—from classroom discussions to formal presentations—and includes a set of tools for students—from how to grab the audience's attention to how to use emphatic hand gestures and adjust speed for effect.

Discover why, year after year, students returned to Palmer to thank him for teaching them how to be well spoken. You may find, after reading this book, that you have become a better speaker, too.

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About the Author(s)

Erik Palmer is an educational consultant based in Denver, Colorado. He didn't start out as an educational consultant, however. Erik left law school and entered the commodity brokerage business. He managed a retail brokerage firm, ultimately incorporated a trading company, and took it public.

Table of Contents

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  • Foreword by Kelly Gallagher
  • Acknowledgments
  • PART I: THE ART OF PUBLIC SPEAKING
  • Chapter 1: Can We Talk?
  • Chapter 2: Effective Communication
  • PART II: BUILDING A SPEECH
  • Chapter 3: Audience: Understanding the Listeners
  • Chapter 4: Content: Making the Message Valuable
  • Chapter 5: Organization: Making the Speech Easy to Follow
  • Chapter 6: Visual Aids: Enhancing the Words
  • Chapter 7: Appearance: Dressing for the Occasion
  • PART III: PERFORMING A SPEECH
  • Chapter 8: Poise: Appearing Calm and Confident
  • Chapter 9: Voice: Making Every Word Heard
  • Chapter 10: Life: Putting Passion into the Voice
  • Chapter 11: Eye Contact: Engaging Each Listener
  • Chapter 12: Gestures: Matching Motions to Words
  • Chapter 13: Speed: Pacing for a Powerful Performance
  • PART IV: PUTTING THEORY INTO PRACTICE
  • Chapter 14: Every Day Through the End of the Year
  • Chapter 15: Evaluating Speeches
  • Chapter 16: Speaking Activities Across the Curriculum
  • Afterword
  • Appendix: Frequently Asked Questions
  • References

Product Details

Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Media: 160 pp/paper
Year: 2010
Item No: 0881
ISBN: 978-157110-881-4

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