Speech Competition Selections
I hope all is well and everyone is good
health. We are looking forward to this
year’s speech competition. Throughout grade 4-8, the students have worked very
hard. They have given us their 100% and we all wish we could select more than
three students from each class. We are very pleased with all the effort
everyone made. A pat in the back is well deserved.
Although students had a tight schedule to
work with, they were given an outline guiding the structure of the speech. This
outline explained how to write:
Introduction – which included
attention grabber, thesis, and qualifications
Body- reasons (telling
listeners why they should act or think the way they are suggestions, the
students were asked to convince the audience in their body through finding
evidence to support their reasons.) throughout the body, students were asked to
have a smooth transition from one paragraph onto the next one and this emphasis
was made throughout presentation and while editing student works.
Conclusion- summary, memorable
ending and thanking the audience for listening.
The grading rubric covered the following areas:
Introduction grabs readers
attention ( scale 1-4) 1 = low and 4= high
Thesis presents issues and
writers point of view
Reasons are in order of
Evidence supports each reason
for opinion and reflects a consistent point of view
Body elaborates upon reasons
Readers concerns or
counter-arguments are addressed
Transitional words and phrases,
parallel structure, and repetition create coherence
Conclusion: restates opinion,
summarize reasons, and /or includes a call to action.
Both the outline and rubric were given to
students beforehand. Students were graded
based on criteria 1 and 2.
We hope this clarifies any confusion regarding
the selection of the finalists.