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Well Spoken: Teaching Speaking to All Students

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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. -
 A must for any educator who values public speaking and wants to impart that value on to their students. -LibraBookwatch
'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.' --The Gifted Education Communicator

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.' --Education World.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.
 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers (April 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571108815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571108814
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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This book is very different from most "how to" education books. It actually gives you information and strategies to implement in your classroom. While most education books give thousands of scenarios and advice, this one gives "the goods". Not preachy, or opinionated, just good solid information that can be put to use on day one. Skip your next "public speaking" conference and buy this book. You'll thank me!
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Having attended a conference with Erick Palmer featured as a Keynote Speaker, I simply had to have this book but alas none were available for sale at the conference :( . In conjunction with his website, this is a great resource for teachers everywhere.
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This book reads quickly. It is very well laid out and full of useful information for those wishing to develop more and better speaking skills in students. I showed the book to my school superintendant, who immediately saw a way to provide a k-12 program for improving speaking skills, which we'll start to organize for this fall. He and I especially liked the rubrics Mr. Palmer provides
since they can be adapted for any level and any curriculum area.
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I have already begun incorporating the suggested speaking activities into my curriculum. This book is a great resource for any teacher wanting to help their students develop valuable speaking skills and for coaches of academic programs that require students to deliver prepared speeches.
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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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