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How to write a speech grade 8

how to write a speech grade 8


For a lot of people, the prospect of standing in front of a group and speaking is actually more terrifying than dying. That’s a pretty serious phobia to overcome! However, at some point in your life, whether at school or in the workplace, it is likely that you will be called upon to give a speech. If you are one of the many who dread such a task, fear not. The following steps will help you feel confident in the writing process that is integral to giving a good speech no matter what the situation may be.

1) Audience. First, determine who your audience is and customize your writing accordingly. High school students hearing about a great literary figure or a historical event will have a somewhat different vocabulary and level of knowledge than would a graduate class in literary analysis. Avoid terms or jargon the first group is unlikely to understand, and don’t dumb it down for those who are in the know.

2) Purpose and message. Two things must be settled in your own mind before you are ready to write your speech. First, what is the purpose of your talk? That is, why have you been asked to speak in the first place? If you are an expert in women’s literature, for example, you should emphasize your particular background and knowledge, mentioning that what you have to offer is something the audience probably would not be able to hear from anyone else. Secondly, what do you most want audiences to come away with after hearing you? You must decide what your main message will be and continually return to that primary point as you compose your speech. Doing so will help both you and your audience stay focused. As Winston Churchill said:

“If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time with a tremendous whack.”

3) Brainstorming. It may take you some time to figure out just what the purpose and main message of your speech will be, especially if you have a lot of diverse knowledge about your subject. Make a list of all the things you might possibly be interested in speaking about. Once the list is in written form, it will be easy to see which points are not likely to fit into your time frame. Probably the biggest problem both writers and audiences face is not too little information, but too much.

4) Categorize. Your brainstorming session should yield several areas that will be subcategories of your main message. You can then move those pieces about like a puzzle, seeing which ones best fit together for your audience. Or think of the categories as stepping-stones. Leaving a gap too large between any two stones will sink not only you but your audience as well. Writing a speech is not all that different from writing a paper. You must have a topic (thesis), provide support, and give a conclusion.

5) Attention grabber. Remember your audience will not be feeling any of the anxiety you are likely to feel. After all, their requirements are few: sitting, listening. It may be tempting for you to launch into the meat of your material, eager to prove that you have something to offer from the get-go. However, do yourself and your audience a favor and have something interesting to say at the beginning—an anecdote, a joke, or a question that will allow them time to settle in and focus.

6) Introduction. After you’ve grabbed their attention, use the introduction of your speech to let the audience know what to expect. It will help you keep their attention, and they will know that you are unlikely to drone on endlessly. Experts suggest that between three and four topics are advisable along with a conclusion.

7) Body. Sticking firmly to the topics you’ve introduced will be easier if you create each section like a mini-paper. Have an introduction, main body, and conclusion here as well. No one likes to simply be read at, so you will help yourself to stay on-topic by having this outline in your memory, on a blackboard, or on a slide. Keep in mind too that all sections need not be equal in length. Spend time deciding and writing the ones that need the most emphasis and do not make a shorter topic longer than it needs to be.

8) Conclusion. This often seems to be the most problematic part for the speechwriter. Have you said enough? Too much? If you say “finally” or “in conclusion,” be prepared to end the speech pretty quickly. Audiences know that it’s over; to keep going can irritate them and may even lose any good will you’ve accumulated. So take care in your speech writing to draw an apt and memorable conclusion. And stick to it!

9) Questions. Be sure to allow enough time for your audience to ask questions. This may also allow you to avoid the dreaded phrases “and another thing” or “I forgot to mention,” pitfalls of stuffing everything into your conclusion. If you have written and delivered your speech effectively, then you and your audience will be pleased to see these other possibilities crop up during a question-and-answer period.

10) Practice, practice. Once you have your speech written, practice it several times until you feel comfortable with the entire process. If possible, gather a few trusted friends to listen to you and offer constructive criticism....We promise that you’ll live to tell the story!

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  1. 1

    Introduce yourself. An administrator will probably give you a basic introduction, but you may want to add a few details.

    Hi everyone! I’m Dan and I’ve been going to Lemon Valley School for three years now.

  2. 2

    Talk about your first memories at the school. Did you start at the same time as everyone else or did you transfer? Talk about what you expected when you first arrived.

    When I first got here, I remember thinking that the campus was huge and crowded. I was afraid I wasn’t going to fit in.

If it’s appropriate, make little jokes – but don’t be mean-spirited. Unless you had a big number of teachers over the years, try not to leave anyone out.

Mr. Holmes showed me that science can be fun – especially when your model volcano erupts all over the ceiling. I’ll never forget that time Mrs. Peterson made a perfect dunk on the basketball court. And who knew that Ms. Ludlow plays the banjo like nobody’s business?

  • 5

    Talk a bit about the other students. You may be the one giving the speech, but you are representing your graduating class. Talk about memorable incidents, things that your class was known for, or how close everyone has become.
  • I just hope that Lemon Valley School remembers us as fondly as we’ll remember it.

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    • Stay Confident! Never let your audience think you are too nervous or shy.
    • Make sure you have some sort of message that is inspirational so that people remember it.
    • Adding jokes in your speech is perfectly alright. In fact, it will make the speech more memorable.
    • Keep the speech lively.
    You still have a long road ahead of you.
  • It may help to take a deep breath before starting your speech.
  • Consider ending with a thoughtful quote you've made up by yourself.
  • Show your emotions. Smile.
  • Be natural
  • Don't be shy.
  • Warnings

    • Do not chew gum while speaking because that is disrespectful.
    • Feel free to tell stories of people, but make sure that you ask the person if you can mention them in the speech. That way no one is embarrassed on graduation day.
    • Make sure the content in your speech is respectful to all. This includes even the teachers and students that you dislike.

    You may have lived with the idea you were never good with words for a long time.

    Or perhaps writing speeches at school brought you out in cold sweats but this is different.

    Learning to write a speech is straight forward when you learn to write out loud.

    And that's what you are going to do now: step by step.

    To learn quickly, go slow

    If this is your first speech, take all the time you need. There are 7 steps, each building on the next. Walk, rather than run, your way through all of them. Don't be tempted to rush. Familiarize yourself with the ideas. Try them out.

    I know there are well-advertized short cuts and promises of 'write a speech in 5 minutes' but in reality they only truly work for somebody who already has the basic foundations of speech writing in place.

    These 7 steps are the backbone of sound speech preparation. Learn them well at the outset and yes, given more experience and practice you could flick something together quickly.

    3 minutes, 5 minutes...

    Having an overview or outline will reduce the time and possible stress involved in writing and preparing your speech. Believe me, they work!

    Get yourself a blank speech outline template to complete

    Click the link to find out more about preparing a speech outline. You'll also find a downloadable, printable blank speech outline template. (Very useful!)

    How to Write a Speech: Construction

    The basic speech format is simple. It consists of three parts:

    1. an opening or introduction
    2. the body where the bulk of the information is given
    3. and an ending (or summary).

    Think of it as a sandwich. The opening and ending are the slices of bread holding the filling (body) together.

    You can build yourself a simple sandwich with one filling or you can go gourmet and add up to three or even five. The choice is yours.

    But whatever you choose to serve, as a good cook, you need to consider who is going to eat it!

    Consider HOW you can explain (show, tell) that to your audience in the most effective way for them to easily understand it. A good speech is never written from the speaker's point of view.

    (If you need to know more about why check out this page on building rapport.)

    Writing from the audience's point of view

    To help you write from an audience point of view, identify either a real person or the type of person who is most likely to be listening to you.

    Make sure you select someone who represents the "majority". That is they are neither struggling to comprehend you at the bottom of your scale or light-years ahead at the top.

    Now imagine they are sitting next to you eagerly waiting to hear what you're going to say. Give them a name, for example, Joe, to help make them real.

    Ask yourself

    • How do I need to tailor my information to meet Joe's needs?
      For example, do you tell personal stories illustrating your main points?

    How to Write a Speech: Step 2 - Writing as you speak

    Writing oral language

    Write down what you'd say as if you were talking directly to them.

    If it helps, say everything out loud before you write and/or use a recorder.
    After you've finished, take notes.

    You do not have to write absolutely everything you're going to say down* but you do need to write the sequence of ideas to ensure they are logical and easily followed.

    Remember too, to explain or illustrate your point with examples from your research.

    (*Tip: If this is your first speech the safety net of having everything written down could be just what you need. It's easier to recover from a patch of jitters when you have a full set of notes than if you have either none or a bare outline. Your call!)

    How to Write a Speech: Step 3 - Checking

    Rework "Step Two" (your first main point) until you've made yourself clear.


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