One Minute Speech

The One Minute Speech is a great way to practice public speaking in a short amount of time. The goal of this work is to deliver a speech that is focused, well supported, and written for a specific audience.

This speaking activity can be done in any class on virtually any topic. The writing of the speech may take 30 minutes or more depending on the topic, grade level, and/or experience. Once the speech is written, it should be delivered in a minute or less.

Where is this in the Reading Process: Step 5

Explicitly Teach: Explain. Connect. Model. Practice.

Cycle of Independence: I do. We do. They do. You do.

Origin: Jonathan LeMaster created the One Minute speech in 2007 in an effort to increase opportunities for students to practice public speaking in class. 

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One Minute Speech Step-By-Step Process

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Literacy Standards In Action

We've mapped our literacy lessons and reading, speaking, and writing skills to state standards, Common Core, and NGSS. The standards are "the what" to teach. Our lessons are "the how" to meet the expectations defined by the standards. Click on the links below to view our quick reference table that maps standards to literacy lessons.

Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
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