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Informational Meeting. Impromptu Speaking. What is impromptu?. Students are given a speech topic One Word : lightly philosophical in nature Example : Money, Time, Justice etc. Phrase : proverbs, aphorisms, one-liners, etc.

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what is impromptu
What is impromptu?
  • Students are given a speech topic
    • One Word: lightly philosophical in nature
      • Example: Money, Time, Justice etc.
    • Phrase: proverbs, aphorisms, one-liners, etc.
      • Example: “Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition” – Timothy Leary
  • Students are allowed 1 minute to select the topic and

plan their speech

  • Students must speak between 2:50 and 5:10 minutes
    • Over or Under = 20% deduction
  • Students may NOT use notes or confer with anyone, NOR may they write before receiving the prompt
  • Students may ask for the definition of a word
how will we prepare
How will we prepare?
  • Practice, practice practice
    • Expect to give lots of impromptu speeches and be ready to grade each other with the RUBRIC.
  • Experiment with different ‘personas’
    • How will you dress?
    • What facial expressions will you use?
    • What hand gestures and movements will you incorporate?
  • Use story: insightful, funny, interesting, weird…
    • Problem/solution, mistake made/learned, embarrassing moment, famous person, popular culture, experience in class, family, current event/significance, moment of disillusionment, new theories / ideas
  • Introduction:
    • Hook / Background / General Thesis
  • Body Arguments (2-3)
    • Save your best argument for last!
  • Conclusion
    • End with a bang!
      • Bookend Close
      • Challenge Close
      • Echo Close
      • Repetitive Close
      • Title Close
      • Sing Song Close
      • Callback Close
      • Movie Close
      • Quotation Close
      • Third Party Close
meeting 11 16 11
Meeting 11/16/11

1.  Review the different kinds of examples:        *problem/solution        *famous person        *popular culture (movies, media, music, etc.)        *personal experience (school, travel, regret, embarrassing moment, moment of disillusionment, etc.)        *new theories / ideas (anthropology, sociology, psychology, economics, science, math, etc.)        *history        *literature        *politics        *other suggestions?We will need to set dates for writing 2 examples for each category, including details, tone,significance, accompanying gestures, rhetorical strategies, etc.2. Discuss resources for expanding your intellectual repertoire        *Arts and Letters Daily        *Radio Lab

*Ted Talks        *Other suggestions?3. Watch an example finalist from last years' culcon:        *look at body language, gesturing, eye-contact, timing, and tone        *examine the hook, background, thesis, examples, transitions, and conclusion        *consider rhetorical strategies: parallel structure, antithesis, anaphora, epistrophe, questions,         analogy, hyperbole, puns, etc.