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Speech Competition - Wednesday, March 21 at 1:00 PM

Students in Grades 4, 5, 6 are busy writing their speeches for the Annual Speech Competition. The School Competition will be held on Wednesday, March 21 at 1:00 PM. The winners will compete in the Division Competition in Sherwood Park. Thanks to all the Division 2 teachers for participating with their students and getting them ready! Students were shown this page to showcase what a good speech contains:

Overview: A good speech has many of the same characteristics as good piece of writing does such as those listed in the 6+1 Traits of Writing. In particular having students write and present speeches would assist them in learning:

  1. a) Voice - personality, style

                                                - emotion & energy

                                                - sense of audience & purpose

  1. b) Organization - logical effective structure

                                                - inviting introduction

                                                - satisfying conclusion

                                                - main ideas and details that go together


  1. c) Ideas & Content- clarity and focus    - specific main idea

                                                   - strong supporting details

  1. d) Work Choice - careful choice of words

                                                   - vivid word pictures

                                                   - strong verbs

                                                   - precise nouns

  1. e) Sentence Fluency - smooth and flowing

                                                     - using rhythm and cadence

                                                     - variety in sentence structures and beginnings


There is a strong link between speaking and writing. Students who are able write a speech that clearly communicates their thoughts or ideas are able to translate those skills to writing. One of the advantages of having students write and present a speech is that they get immediate feedback about what they have written, often from a multiple of sources.


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