Speech Writing Teacher Resources

Delivering an effective persuasive speech involves a combination of presentation skills and sharp rhetorical tools. A passionate speech without carefully crafted appeals will go nowhere; a well-written message delivered blandly will fall on deaf ears. Teach your students how to successfully get what they want by honing their speech writing skills, both with intriguing prompts and examinations of great speeches in history.

A project on writing and presenting persuasive speeches is a great start, coupled with a graphic organizer that helps speakers plan their speech. Use various prompts to get the speech writing started, including sample instructions for a graduation speech, or an assignment on writing speeches based on famous quotations.

A trip through history can provide inspiration as well. A social studies assignment examines the devices in historic speeches, including Queen Elizabeth I’s address at Tilbury. Learners examine the fiery rhetoric in Joseph McCarthy’s “Enemies from Within” speech and analyze the main purpose of Elie Wiesel’s acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize. For a modern approach, check out a resource that compares word choice in the 2004 Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

No matter what your class wants to say, you can help them say it clearly and persuasively—with a little help from your friends at Lesson Planet!

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Persuasive Writing

For Teachers 7th - Higher Ed Standards
Aesop claimed that the art of persuasion is often more effectual than force. Guide your writers through the writing process of creating strong, effective persuasive essays and speeches using the lesson plans, videos, worksheets, and unit...
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Narrative & Creative Writing Prompts

For Students K - 3rd Standards
Narrative writing prompts challenge young writers to create stories. Along the way, they learn how to stretch their imagination, draw on personal experiences, organize the elements of a story, and add sensory details. The 11 prompts are...
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Writing - Direct Speech

For Teachers 4th
The art of writing dialogue is the focus of this language arts resource. After a review of the rules of writing direct speech, youngsters try their hand at creating dialogue used by characters they create in their writing. They focus on...
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Colorful White Paintings

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Painting is the inspiration for this presentation on descriptive writing. Promote the use of descriptive adjectives, adverbs, and verbs and show your class the definitions and examples included in this PowerPoint. Give the brief quiz at...
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Write a Speech

For Students 5th - 6th
In this language arts worksheet, students use this page to help prepare a speech. Students decide on their main points, who their audience is and what they want to emphasize. Students write their speech and practice it orally.
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Extemporaneous Speeches

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Practice writing a speech by analyzing examples. Middle schoolers research the six steps needed to write an extemporaneous speech by reading a portion of Oral Presentations Made Easy. They write and deliver a speech in front of their...
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Speech Writing

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Looking for a thorough description of how to effectively write a speech? This presentation includes all sorts of good tips on how to construct and deliver a speech. Each student writes and delivers a speech about a state park of their...
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Writing A Speech Lesson Plan

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students write persuasive speeches. In this speech instructional activity, students discuss the attributes of persuasive speeches and then write their own persuasive speeches regarding topics of their choosing.
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Writing a Speech

For Students 7th - 8th
In this writing a speech worksheet, students will read two paragraphs from a speech, then match 16 descriptions of parts of a speech with a phrase or sentence in the speech by drawing a line from the description to the text.
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Writing Direct Speech Lesson Plan

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students explore the concept of direct speech and write dialogue between a teacher and a student who hasn't done his or her homework. Students use the appropriate punctuation and use words other than "said" to write the passages.
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Mastery Activity: Presidential Address

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
Learners transport themselves to 1945 and assume the role of the president. How would you end the war with Japan? Would you choose to use the atomic bomb? First, each individual writes a speech they would give to garner the support of...
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Whose Rite Is It?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The class explores and debates, from multiple perspectives, a petition to allow Hopi Indians to take golden eagle hatchlings from a federal wildlife sanctuary for use in a religious ceremony. Pupils defend their personal views on the...
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The Importance of Holocaust Remembrance

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Designed as the culminating activity after a unit study of the Holocaust, class members assume the voice of a world leader, write a speech, and participate in a simulation of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust.
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Charles Darwin Meets John Paul II

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
If you teach AP English language and composition and are looking for a way to address the differences between written and spoken arguments, consider this lesson. Over the course of three days, class members research Charles Darwin or...
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The Noble Eightfold Path

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students gain an introduction to Buddhist teachings about moral behavior by exploring a depiction of the Buddha and by writing a speech inspired by their interpretation of the Noble Eightfold Path.
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Juveniles and the Death Penalty

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Should the death penalty for juveniles be considered cruel and unusual punishment? After analyzing the various arguments surrounding this topic and reading several quotes offered by Supreme Court justices in 2005 on the issue, have your...
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Persuade Me

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Practice persuasive writing and speeches with this lesson. Middle schoolers brainstorm the components of presentations by watching videos of sample speeches (if available), and ways the people delivering the speeches demonstrate correct...
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Gandhi Speech Writing

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Explore non-violent protest in this social values and world history lesson. After viewing the movie Gandhi, and discussing important events in Gandhi's life, young orators write a speech defending Gandhi's position on the value of...
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Identifying With A Hero

For Teachers 6th
Martin Luther King Jr. has inspired countless individuals throughout the years, show your students how he is a true American Hero. Students read his speech out loud then use a graphic organizer to connect Martin Luther King's dreams to...
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My Secret War: Lesson 4

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders write a speech.  In this history lesson, 5th graders define the word infamy and listen to a speech by FDR.  Students work in groups to summarize his speech and rewrite sections of the speech.
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Tú eres el Líder

For Students 10th - 12th
Start by having your class list words (specifically names, verbs, and adjectives) that would be necessary to know if you worked for the government. Then, using their lists, they create a story and/or write a speech that uses this...
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STDs: Grades 9-12

For Teachers 9th - 12th
New ReviewAfter gathering information about Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), high schoolers engage in two activities designed to educate themselves and others. They begin by using what they have learned to write a speech for a friend who...
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How Safe is Your School Bus?

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students research various aspects of school bus safety such as what makes a bus safe and unsafe. Using provided Internet sites and others students examine what the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has to say and also what...
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For Better or Worse? The Power of Persuasion

For Teachers 9th - 12th
How would it feel to be segregated because of your age or background? This journal launches a persuasive writing lesson that includes a study of persuasive essays and speeches written and delivered in the 20th century. Class members then...

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