Our Schedule

Since our semester is coming to a close so soon after our Christmas break, I think I should post the schedule for the remaining speech assignments.

December 10, we will continue to do speech skills with Jenilee Taylor.

December 17, 24, 31 will all be vacation days.  Spend them well.

We are running out of time!  Can we get all our speeches done?

January 7 and 14 will be persuasion speeches.  This is going to be crunch time, people.

Let’s take a survey:

Can you give us your lunchtime on January 14?  If you will agree to give up your lunch on that date, we can schedule all the speeches for that day and give ourselves January 7 for a persuasion work day.

Speech times will be 3-7 minutes.  With 11 students and 1 minute transition times. that’s a total of 88 minutes MINIMUM for this class.  That rolls us into at least 12:30 (because we’re going to be interrupted for students to bring their chairs into the room.


No Oral Interpretation After All

We will not have the Oral Interpretation assignment to be recorded.  We simply don’t have the time to work on the skills to make this a good assignment.

Take the survey NOW.




Persuasion Speech

Time for a Change: Persuasion

It’s time for a change.  A change in someone’s mind.  Whose?  I don’t know!  It’s up to you because it’s time for your persuasion speech!

Persuasion Speeches

The first thing you have to understand about persuasion is that you’re asking for change from the current situation. Change is difficult.  People fight wars over change.  So expected to change someone’s mind isn’t just a “ok, I’ll say a few words and everyone will agree with me.”

Doesn’t work like that.  If it did, we wouldn’t see the same advertisements over and over.  We’d only need to hear it once and we’d all agree, right?  Apparently not.

Your task is to decide what your topic is going to be.  You’ve been given a worksheet to help you work out the primary points you want to make in your speech.

Here’s the key to a persuasive speech (and if you’re taking debate next term – this is the basic principle of debate:

You must understand both sides of the problem in order to successfully challenge and win.

So here’s your homework – and there’s a lot of it this week.

 Reading Assignments:  These are on the website for you to read.

All of these are here on the website.

Homework assignment for the Storytelling Speech:

You were given sheets to keep track of your evaluations of your fellow students’ speeches.  Get those out and go to this page:  My Storytelling Evaluation and fill out the form.  The answers you give will be based on the evaluations you made of the other students.

Pick Your Persuasion Speech Topic

Based on the calendar for Bridges, we may postpone these speeches until next year.  Oh, I know you’re disappointed!  It also creates a bit of a crush for the oral interpretation assignment, which is supposed to be recorded and sent to me.  But by giving ourselves more time on the persuasion speech, I hope we can also focus more on presentation skills by practicing your speech during class.  That means you will be expected to have your speech ready to present but not be graded on December 10.

In order to get us on track, your topic must be finalized this week.  Bring in the worksheets and be prepared to analyze your audience, your topic and your presentation organization next week!


PS It looks like the website did not update after the last class.  Don’t worry about it!  I hope you had a great holiday and helped clean up afterward!

Bridges Speech Class Recording Directions Quiz

Did You Follow the Directions? Recording Your Speech

Did you follow the directions?

Eight of 11 students did submit a file I could listen to.

However, a significant number of you did not do it as it was assigned.

What was the problem?

Today’s quiz is pretty simple.  Go to the link and answer some simple questions.  I need to know what went wrong

  • my instructions
  • the due date/time was unexpected/earlier than you thought
  • unexpected computer/headset problems (aka Audacity errors, can’t create MP3)
  • upload problems (Google issues)
  • lack of computer/internet access.

Even if you had no problems, I need you to go to the quiz and fill it out anyway.  It will give me a sense of what did work.

Why is this important?

You need the opportunity to practice.  I want to give you some helpful comments to make your speech better.  Because we have a limited amount of time in class, this is the best way I can think of to give you the opportunity to practice and get feedback before you go live.

From my perspective, there was one major problem.

I didn’t get them until very late – Friday afternoon.  That makes giving you comments very hard.  That’s on me.  I’m going to set an earlier due date in the future.

We will be doing more recordings.  They will be due on Wednesdays at 5 p.m.

Do you have any questions for me?

I’ve heard from a couple of parents that students are emailing me with no response.  I’ve checked my spam folders and none of you are in there.

If you have questions or problems, please remember how to contact me:

  1. Cell number  330-232-1839
  2. Home number 234-678-7589
  3. Email speechteacher.kim.kraj@gmail.com

If I don’t respond in 24 hours, please call me.

Just a reminder – We will have impromptu speaking next week if we have time.  Do you want to be in charge of impromptu speaking?

I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered what I think was the single most important speech in the 20th Century.  Despite countless threats against himself and the Civil Rights movement, he led Americans to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC in 1963.  His speech remains as powerful today as it was that day.

Your assignment is to watch the speech.

I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Remember, this recording may be older than your parents.  It’s not a great video.  Try to concentrate on

  • Dr. King’s voice
  • the words he uses
  • the cadence (rhythm) of his words
  • the sources of his content
  • the reaction of the audience.

Here’s a link to a slide show of my analysis of Dr. King’s speech.  We will be referring to his speech over the course of the semester.


Dr. King used many rhetorical devices.

Repeated phrases build up emotion in the audience.  I Have a Dream was actually not the title of the speech he planned to give, but because of his repetition of the phrase, it has become the common name for it.

Here is a list of rhetorical devices.  Can you identify any more that he used?

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