Speech and drama

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Speech and drama are two sides of the same coin; both involve communication or speaking in the public arena. The links below help students and teachers resource material and develop an understanding of both these related topics.


Speech

Speech Wall

This website has links to a variety of speeches from a variety of countries and from all walks on life. There are also links to speech videos by famous people.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary
www.speechwall.com/


Buzzle

Tips, examples and topics that can be used to stimulate children at various levels into making speeches. More emphasis given to persuasive and inspirational speeches.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary.
www.buzzle.com/articles/persuasive-speech-topics-for-kids.html


ManyAnswers

To discover information on the homework site ManyAnswers, use the search term speeches.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary.
http://manyanswers.co.nz/


neoK12

Presents a range of educational videos that give children of all ages tips and techniques to effectively improve their public speaking skills.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary.
www.neok12.com/Public-Speaking.htm


The Writing Centre-Speeches

Examine the purpose of your speech, your audience, getting to the point and other speech writing tips from this University of North Carolina website.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary
http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/speeches/


Drama


BBC Bitesize

Gives basic steps and information on elements of writing plays. This includes explanation of scripts, stage direction, plot and direction etc.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/standard/english/lit_form/script/revision/1/


Creative Writing Now

Essential and easy to follow guidelines on how to write plays and screenplays.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary
www.creative-writing-now.com/how-to-write-a-screenplay.html


Reader’s Theatre Scripts and Plays

Links to short plays and scripts for junior and primary students to read or perform as dramatic presentations. This includes hints for teachers to use to get students started, tips on reading and script writing.

Suggested level: primary
www.teachingheart.net/readerstheater.htm


EPIC

For information on drama or classical drama topics visit Literature Resources Centre, Shakespeare Collection Online and Britannica School. School log-on and password required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary.
www.tki.org.nz/epic


Books

Have you thought about using books with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Clare Lee and the apple pie dream, by Jenny Han, 2011 (junior fiction)
Remember that November, by Jennifer Beck, 2012 (picture book)
Ruby Mae has something to say, by David Small, 1992 (picture book)

Video

7 Ways To Teach Public Speaking To Kids. Public Speaking Power. YouTube. 11.11
www.youtube.com/watch?v=27-rAnFapk0

How to Teach Speech & Drama to Children. Theatre Lessons. eHow. 2.00
www.ehow.com/video_12232678_teach-speech-drama-children.html