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Speech Competition Information (Grade 5 & 6)

Participation in the Annual Speech Competition is optional – and recommended- however, every student in both grade 5 & 6 will still be trained in how to give a speech, insha’Allah.

General Topics*

1. Better alone than in a bad company
2. Global Warming
3. Bribery Taking
4. Food preservatives
5. Sheesha/ Cigarettes/smoking
6. World Hunger
7. Stress/ anger Management
8. Racial Discrimination
9. The benefits of drinking milk
10. Reading/sports VS spending time in front of the TV/computer/video games

Nature

1. Wolves in the living room – how the wolf evolved into of the domestic dog
2. The secret life of an eel
3. Is an owl really wise?
4. A day in the life of a Beluga Whale
5. Why Dolphins jump out of the water
6. Cats and lions – how do they compare?

Teacher Amira’s Suggestions(related to the curriculum):

1. Where does chocolate come from & why that matters

2. Who are the Aboriginals & why we should care

3.  How young people help society

4. The rights of children

5. The importance in learning Black History

6. The kind of education I want . . .

7. Why competition is a good / bad thing (you choose)

8. How to be a great Canadian

* Email me if you have your own suggestion on a topic and I will give you the green light, or suggest a different topic.

Marking Scheme
The system below will be a guide for both speakers and judges alike:

PART 1 – Material (40 points)

A) Treatment of Topic
Introduction………………………………………………..3
Knowledge of subject ………………………………….4
Idea content………………………………………………..3
Organization of material……………………………….3
Development of material………………………………3
Recapitulation and conclusion……………………….4

B) Language

Choice of words………………………………………….5
Sentence structure……………………………………….5
Grammatical usage………………………………………5
Originality and inventiveness ……………………….5

PART 2 – Delivery (60 points)

A) General Effectiveness
Audience attention……………………………………….4
Audience reaction ……………………………………….5
Achievement of purpose……………………………….5
Challenge to thought…………………………………….5
Sincerity and conviction ………………………………8
Methods to impress audience…………………………5

B) Appearance and Voice

Approach……………………………………………………3
Stance………………………………………………………..3
Voice and tone quality…………………………………6
Platform manners and gestures……………………..5
Fluency of speech ………………………………………7
Composure…………………………………………………4
TOTAL ……………………………………………………….100

Criteria for Judging:

Introduction
– immediately engages the audience’s attention
– relates the topic to self and to audience
– sates the main idea of speech and previews main points

Organization / Development of ideas
– displays the main ideas in a logical and memorable manner
– development of the speech supported by relevant examples, verbal illustrations, facts, or analogies, which justify or elaborate to make the main ideas clearer
– points are bridged by smooth transitions that enhance clarity and blend ideas to present a unified whole

Originality
– student makes creative effort to share new and unique ideas
– imaginative and engaging material

Vocabulary / Grammar
– creative, colorful, powerful language choices
– appropriate use of words that relate to the purpose of the speech and to the particular audience hearing the speech
– language is vivid, specific, and definite, promoting clear understanding of subject
– proper sentence structure with appropriate inflections

Conclusion
– review of main points
– effective, creative “bang” ending

Thought Provoking
– shares insightful ideas that stimulate interest or thought
– challenges audience to explore new ideas

Composure/Confidence
– speaks with enthusiasm and assurance, showing interest in the audience and confidence in their reactions.
– avoids distracting mannerisms and phrases, (“Um” etc.)

Body language / facial expression / eye contact
– spoken naturally with minimal use of cue cards (NO reading!)
– gestures appear natural and are synchronized with the voice
– the audience’s eyes are engaged and facial expressions are used for emphasis and effect

Voice and tone quality
– voice is flexible, moving from one pitch to another for emphasis
– rate of speech and volume vary to create interest and impact
– voice can be clearly heard, with the words easily understood

Timing
– speech delivered within the 3-5 minute time limit

Source: http://www.namf.ca/new/speech.html

-Tr. Amira

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