1. Six classes have been set aside for this lesson giving each student the
opportunity to make a class formal presentation and be rated by you
and fellow students. How many students present in each class period
will be determined by the number in your class.
2. As each student presents, all other students need to rate effectiveness
of the presentation using the rubric created in the Explore Lesson. It is suggested
each student be given a copy of the rubric to use for each presentation and
additional comments be noted at the bottom of the rubric. Given the stressful
nature of doing public presentations, especially to a simulated critical audience,
it is strongly advised the peer evaluation component of the lesson be handled
as diplomatically as possible. After each oral presentation ask the class first
what the student did well. Compliment the student on those aspects. Then carefully
inquire about one area (or possibly two if you feel the student will not be
intimidated or discouraged) in which that student could improve for the future.
Remind the class of that age-old adage that there is always room for improvement,
and it is in this light you are looking for ways to polish an already solid
presentation. Of course you are not going to praise inferior work, but seek
out what each student has done to the best of their ability and give him or
her the confidence to work towards an even better presentation for the final
project. It is up to you whether you give each student the rubrics filled out
by their peers. If so, remove the names from each sheet. Another possibility
is give the student a sample of rubric evaluations, eliminating the most scathing.
However, you need to read and evaluate the rubrics for each oral presentation
to help you assess how on task each student was during the speeches.
Now that your students have given an oral presentation of their position papers
and have seen and evaluated numerous other students doing the same,
each student should have a fairly accurate idea of how well he or she
did, their strengths and their needed areas of improvement. For the
last class period of this lesson have students do a reflection on their
presentations. Ask them to write down their feelings about the public
speaking experiences. These sheets can be handed back to students before
they give their final project presentations for this unit in the government
class. A suggested form for this reflection follows the lesson.
is strongly suggested that you use the rubric developed
in the Explore Lesson to evaluate students’ oral
presentations since this is what they used preparing
and assessing each others’ success. Also use the
rubrics that the students have filled out for their peers
to assess how on task each student was during the speeches.