WORD CHOICE IMAGERY RHYTHM LESSON PLAN
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The teacher or facilitator could either read through the content of the lesson or could require the students to read it on their own. After going over the content, students should answer the questions on their own in writing. When they are finished, the answers can be discussed aloud or could be reviewed by the teacher or facilitator.
Students' responses to the questions should be graded based on their honest ability to reflect on what the question was asking. Older students will obviously have more complex responses than younger students. Responses should demonstrate that the students have given serious consideration to them.
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F. Repetition (also antithesis)
Optional Follow-up Activity:
Students can get a great deal of practice with effective language by writing a poem. Ask students to write a poem about their feelings regarding public speaking. Remind them to use as many of the techniques discussed in this lesson as possible.
In the last lesson, we talked about the importance of understanding your audience. Good public speakers know that their ability to win over the audience from the beginning will determine how effective their speech is in the end.
Another factor that influences the success, or failure, of your speech is the language you use. The words you choose will paint a picture for your listeners. Whether they accept or reject that picture is determined by how well you chose those words.
In this lesson, we're going to talk about word choice, imagery, and rhythm and how these elements will impact your audience.
You may not realize it, but the English language is constantly growing. When the first dictionary was created in 1898, it contained just 70,000 words. Modern dictionaries hold more than 2 million words and language experts report that another 1000 words are added ever year on average.
Because there are so many words to pick from, you run a greater risk of picking the wrong one. Many inexperienced speakers opt for “impressive words” that contain massive amounts of syllables. The problem is that most speakers who use these words don't really understand their meanings all that well nor can they pronounce them correctly; therefore, they usually feel uncomfortable using them and this causes them greater nervousness.
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