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ISBN-13: 978-1571108814 ISBN-10: 1571108815

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers (March 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571108815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571108814
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is the most comprehensive book, written with delightful style and humor and above all with details that are specific and instructive. Well Spoken has the answers." - The Gifted Education Communicator 


"A must for any educator who values public speaking and wants to impart that value on to their students." - Library Bookwatch


"Palmer's new book is perhaps the best resource for teachers of any content area. It is concise, clear, and organized, with practical ideas and suggestions that can easily be implemented into any classroom, not just English classrooms." - Seeking Serenity in Chaos blog


"I have already seen an improvement based on his ideas for building a speech that enhanced what I was already doing." - Snapshots of Mrs. V blog


"The teaching strategies and curriculum laid out in Well Spoken are very clear and could easily be adapted to any age level." - EducationWorld.com

Book Description

All teachers at all grade levels in all subjects have speaking assignments for students, but many teachers believe they don’t know how to teach speaking, and many even fear public speaking themselves.
In his new book, Well Spoken, veteran teacher and education consultant Erik Palmer shares the art of teaching speaking in any classroom. Teachers will find thoughtful and engaging strategies for integrating speaking skills throughout the curriculum. Palmer stresses the essential elements of all effective oral communication, including:
• Building a Speech: Audience, Content, Organization, Visual Aids, and Appearance
• Performing a Speech: Poise, Voice, Life, Eye Contact, Gestures, and Speed
• Evaluating a Speech: Creating Effective Rubrics,  Guiding Students to Excellence

Well Spoken contains a framework for understanding the skills involved in all effective oral communication, offers practical steps and lesson ideas that any teacher needs to successfully teach speaking in a variety of situations—from classroom discussions to  formal presentations—and includes a set of tools for students—from how to grab the audience’s attention to how to use emphatic hand gestures and adjust speed for effect.

Discover why, year after year, students returned to Palmer’s classroom to thank him for teaching them how to be well spoken. You may find, after reading this book, that you have become a better speaker, too.
 


More About the Author

Erik Palmer is an educational consultant from Denver, Colorado. He is a frequent presenter at national, regional, and state conferences. He has given keynotes and led in-service trainings for districts across the US and Mexico. Palmer focuses on two topics: effectively implementing technology in every classroom and improving student oral communication. Palmer is the author of three books: Well-Spoken: Teaching Speaking to All Students (Stenhouse Publishers, 2011); Digitally Speaking: How to Improve Student Presentations with Technology (Stenhouse Publishers, 2012); and Teaching the Core Skills of Listening & Speaking (ASCD, 2014).



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Great examples and guidelines!!
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Erik Palmer's book does a good job of highlighting an increasingly neglected skill, public speaking.
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His writing is crisp and clear.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jane E. Matthews on May 16, 2011
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My early college students give oral portfolio presentations at the end of their freshman year. The PVLEGS rubric was very helpful. It is a quick read with lots of usable tips and examples. This resource is invaluable for teachers/students across all content areas. Communication is one of the necessary 21st century skills our students must have. This text can assist secondary teachers in integrating these skills into everyday classroom lessons. I ordered one for myself, our school library and our speech teacher. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Wenzel on September 15, 2012
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I teach speech and debate at a HS in WA state. Found this book through a recommendation by writing guru Kelly Gallagher. After combing through a lot of curriculum for my class, this book really did it for me. Palmer taught for 20 years and offers great instructional strategies and insightful thinking about public speaking. He breaks it down into a very digestible way of approaching speech -- how to build one and how to present one. His writing is crisp and clear. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ken C. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 17, 2011
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Erik Palmer's book does a good job of highlighting an increasingly neglected skill, public speaking. The shame is, most teachers are so preoccupied with teaching reading and writing that speaking has been all but squeezed out. Yet we'd all agree that modern society values effective speaking very much -- right or not, maybe even more than effective writing. Consider, for instance, the people who rise to the top in such areas as business and politics. I think public speaking also gets the squeeze in many classrooms due to high-stakes testing. What little time might have remained for it is now given over to practice tests, drills, and desk handouts, all in the name of higher scores, (no) thanks to the intense scrutiny these scores get every year.

The book is straightforward and of greatest value to teachers who have done little with public speaking in the past. If you're a teacher who HAS taught public speaking, you probably won't find a lot of new ideas here. What you will find, however, are a few activities, suggested rubrics, and all manner of advice, some better than others. I disagree, for instance with Palmer's suggestion that teachers call on sporting volunteers to wing it in front of the class so that the teacher can follow with exaggerations of the common mistakes just witnessed ("um," "uh," rocking, pulling of shirt ends, etc.). While he's careful to say you must choose the right student and have the proper classroom dynamic, I think even "good sports" who play along might take it home and privately mull over it. Are you willing to take that chance? Overall, however, all the basics are here. Nothing fancy. Just speaking -- or as Palmer likes to put it, just "PVLEGS." That's Poise, Voice, Life, Eye Contact, Gestures, and Speed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By teach 26 on April 22, 2014
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This book and it's outlined practices really helped me shape a public speaking class that was grounded in solid, practical speaking experiences.
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