Research has shown that oral language is an important link in the process of children's learning and thinking development. As a teacher, it is my responsibility to help students develop oral language competence. My role is not of authoritarian knowledge giver but as a friendly and interested facilitator of student learning. Students need to be given both opportunity and encouragement to explore their own thoughts and ideas and to speak while others listen.
To achieve this goal, I have implemented a program called Gateway's Gift of Gab. Beginning in September, second-grade students will be given a topic to think about and explore. A product chosen by the child about the topic will be created. Students will have several weeks to work on their projects at home and to practice an oral presentation. Projects will then be brought to school on the due date, and each child will spend a few minutes presenting/sharing his or her masterpiece.
For example, one month's topic may be Everyday Heroes. Students could make a picture collage of the types of people who are heroes in their city, write a poem or essay about what everyday heroes do, create a poster.........the list can go on and on!
Below is a list of products/projects that could be created, but students are encouraged to use their imagination! These are open-ended and allow for differentiation of content and process. Possibilities are endless.
poster chart collection photo collage
song/music puppet PowerPoint mural brochure
newspaper article advertisement map with legend
game report painting demonstration model
sculpture paper mache comic strip graph story
diorama video an interview with write up scrapbook
Important: The product and presentation (speech) should reflect that the student spent adequate time preparing both! Gift of Gab projects are always due the morning of the due date. Ten points per day will be deducted from the final grade for late projects.
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!
Characteristics of a super...
Speaker- speaks clearly, stands up straight, keeps hands away from
his/her face, looks at the audience, speaks loudly enough,
avoids "ummm", "uhhhh", "ahhh", is fully prepared!
Speech- makes sense, is well organized, is well developed with
details, sticks to the topic, is interesting!
Listener- looks at the speaker, claps appropriately, is quiet, pays
attention, is always a Bucketfiller!
Topics for 2013-2014:
September - Friendship and Bucket Filling Due date: Sept. 24
October - Autumn in Louisiana Due date: Oct. 17
November/ December- My Favorite Holiday Due date: December 5
January/Feburary- Freedom (Historical
event OR what freedom means to you) Due date: January 16
March/April - My Hobby, Pastime, or Sport Due date: March 6
May- Persuasive speech- Invent a new
product and convince us to buy it! Due date: May 1
Grading Scale: 24 Points Possible
Creativity and quality of project/product (5 pts.)
Neatness (4 pts.)
Presentation: Eye Contact (4 pts) Word Choice (4 pts)
Voice (4 pts) Posture (4 pts)