TEL Lesson Plan
Inform Yourself--Inform Others!

Grade Level: 9-12
Subject: Speech
Time Frame: 3-4 class periods


Locate, evaluate, cite, organize, and present information in the form of a persuasive speech on a contemporary issue of interest to the speaker.

Databases/Other Resources

Points of View Reference Center, General Onefile, Gale Custom Newspapers, NewsBank's Tennessee Newspaper Collection (for a local perspective) suggested; other appropriate TEL databases


Teachers will discuss types of speeches and their general organization. They will focuses on the elements of a persuasive speech and discuss the important features such a speech should include. Librarians will discuss locating relevant information in databases/resources. After researching a topic of interest to them, students will prepare an outline for approval by the teacher, and a five minute persuasive speech on their topic. Students will turn in a works cited page for the resources they use.


Steps for Teacher

1.  The teacher will discuss types of speeches (informative, demonstrative, persuasive, argumentative, etc.).

2. The teacher will discuss the elements of a persuasive speech and provide examples. S/he will also discuss the effective organization of ideas. Further s/he will discuss the finer points of delivering a speech such as body language, eye contact, clarity, and rhetorical devices.

3. The teacher will explain the assignment:

Each speech will include a definition/explanation of the topic, provide the scope of treatment of the topic for the speech (since it is not possible to cover all aspects of a topic within the allotted time), the body of the speech, and a conclusion.


Steps for Librarian

1. Point out the location of general and subject encyclopedias in the school library or inform students about those available at the public library.

2.  Introduce the Tennessee Electronic Library.  Show how to choose a relevant database by subject or grade level . Some suggested databases for this assignment are:Points of View Reference Center, General One File, Custom Newspapers, Tennessee Newspaper Collection (for a local perspective).

3. Discuss the difference between websites on the open Internet accessible through a search engine and TEL databases. 

4. Discuss the difference between a newspaper, magazine, and journal.

5. Explain how to break down a topic into keywords. Demonstrate the difference between keyword and subject searches.

6. Demonstrate simple search strategies including the use of "and" and phrase searching

7.  Demonstrate the elements of a citation, and the citing capability of each database.


Steps for Student

1. Choose a topic for the speech. 

2. Research the topic using the techniques presented by the librarian or teacher in the suggested databases.

3.  Prepare an outline of the speech for approval by the teacher.

3.  Prepare and give the speech.

4.  Turn in a works cited page for the resources they used.

5. Evaluate other students' speeches.


Related Activities

Content Standards

Speech (3015): Grades 9-12

The student will develop the skills to generate ideas, research topics, organize information, and prepare for oral presentation.

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Learning Expectations/Grade Level Expectations

Speech (3015)

Learning Expectations:




Performance Indicators State

Speech 3015

Performance Indicators:

Note from the Curriculum Standards for Speech (3015): Grades 9-12

"These learning expectation for speech reflect student performance requirements for grades 9-12."

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Teachers may have rubrics of their own or may modify the suggested assessment rubrics below:

ISTE Computer Literacy and Usage Standards

3. Research and Information Fluency

Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:

a. plan strategies to guide inquiry

b. locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media

c. evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks

d. process data and report results

AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner

1. Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.

2. Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.

3. Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society.