Critical Thinking and Speaking
We always are looking for lessons to teach and assess skills in ways that students can incorporate newly acquired knowledge and practice fledgling skills. This assignment to write a speech about an abstract term is one I've use to introduce students to a variety of kinds of support once can use to explain, expand and explore a topic. Versions of this assignment invite students to put into practice what they've learned and to share their concrete personal perspective on an abstract term.
It will not be difficult to adapt this assignment to a definiton essay that remains only a written product rather than a classroom performance. You also could include a media element in which students add music, slides with graphics, pictures and font specially selected to reinforce the ideas of their essay or speech. Note there also is a rubric for evaluating student progress. Abstract Term Speech.