Oral Presentation: Rough Draft

Contributor: Delaine Thomas. Lesson ID: 12336

A builder (at least a good one) doesn't just throw materials together and hope a house appears; they make plans and gather the right stuff. The same is true when building a great speech, so read on!


Verbal Communication

English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


What tools do you need to write your rough draft?

The picture above has tools that an architect needs to do his job.

The tools are used to draft plans for a house, a store, or any building he or she might be paid to design.

You might not have thought about this before, but you need tools to do a great job on your assignments for your school work. You need paper, pencils, a ruler, books, and possibly even a dictionary or thesaurus. There are many other tools you may need, depending on what subject you are working on at the moment.

For this assignment, you will need the outline you created in the first Related Lesson in this Oral Presentation series, found in the right-hand sidebar. You will also need paper, pencil, and books or other materials you will use to research your topic.

Before you start writing your rough draft, watch this video of Andrew, a young man about your age, giving a speech. Take out a piece of paper and pencil and write down things you notice about Andrew as he gives his speech. Here are some questions for you to consider as you watch the video:

  1. What was Andrew’s hook? What does he say at the beginning to get your attention?
  2. Is his voice loud enough to be heard?
  3. Does he talk in a dull and lifeless voice?
  4. Does he make eye contact?
  5. Does he fidget or make movements that are not necessary?
  6. Does he stand up straight?
  7. What is the main point of his speech?

Watch Andrew’s 1st Place Speech Grade 4 now:


Discuss the answers to the above questions with your teacher or parent. Tell them what the main point of his speech was and how well you think he presented it.

Before you continue to the Got It? section, gather the materials you need to draft your speech. You will need paper, a pencil, your outline, and books or other materials you used for research.

Continue to the Got It? section to learn to grab the listeners' attention.

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