Ted Talks for Middle School Speech

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Amy Cody suggests these TED Talks for use in Middle School and says, “I used these for a speech unit to point out various techniques used in a speech- but my 8 graders really got into all of these.”

Consider them for speech classes and also as springboards for writing critiques as well as  argumentative and persuasive essays.



The Myth of Violence- http://www.ted.com/talks/steven_pinker_on_the_myth_of_violence.html (look at speaker presentation, visual aids, use of resources, speaker’s purpose and use of proof, etc.)

What’s the Right Thing to do: http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_sandel_what_s_the_right_thing_to_d…  (watch how speaker uses a story to begin his speech, polls the audience- pulling them in, moves out from podium)

How Schools kill creativity- http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity….  (notice how speaker uses humor at start, purpose 3:15, uses humor again, gives a story 3:40

How to make a splash- http://www.ted.com/talks/alexis_ohanian_how_to_make_a_splash_in_soc… (show all- notice how he uses visual to enhance his speech)

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