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Outline and Draft the Text of the Presentation_Multimedia


How do I craft a text of a multimedia presentation?  How do I start and end, and engage the audience?  What length works?  What are good speechwriting techniques to present information orally?
Find a way to organize your thoughts about the issue and the supporting evidence you have collected into a powerful text to include in the presentation. Construct your first draft.

Time To Complete 

2+ Days

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.SL.4
  • CCRA.SL.5
  • CCRA.W.1
  • CCRA.W.4

I Can Statements 

  • I can:
    • Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience (6-8.WHST.4)
    • With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed (6-8.WHST.5)
  • I will know my draft is of high quality when it:
    • Approaches the requirements for the assignment in terms of content, format, and length
    • It considers the needs of purpose and audience
    • Is clear and coherent (a complete draft)
    • Provides a logical progression of ideas

Assessing Student Readiness to Move to the Next Formative Task:

  • Confer with students, reviewing their drafts for ideas, details, and organization to ensure they meet the requirements of the assignment, purpose, and audience.
  • Ask students to use rubrics or checklists to self-assess their work and develop a plan for revision.



Possible Activities 
  1. Offer students a chance to look at exemplar speeches, videos, and multimedia presentations, this time with the purpose of identifying evidence (warrants, claims, appeals), rhetorical features that make the position clear and the speech engaging and persuasive, and embedded media.  Students may code the presentations to highlight these features and use a rubric to give feedback, or design a checklist of features for their speech.

  2. Model planning the text outline. Be sure to include notes indicating where you include visuals and when the speaker should do something (“pause for effect here”). Through think-alouds, revealing how you organize your notes and begin to create your draft. Try multiple organizations and ask the students to evaluate what they find most effective and why.

    • Have students fill out planning graphic organizer, answering questions like:
      • Which evidence is essential to include? Which isn’t?
      • What rhetorical devices will I use for what desired outcome?
      • How will text and visuals be paired?
      • What will be my order, or flow, of information?
  3. Create centers with specific supports or lessons based on student need (writing strong introductions, maintaining professional language and tone, and closing with power). Allow students to work in different partnerships or peer edits.

  4. In writer’s workshop style have students work to draft their texts.  Through teacher and peer conferencing, students can get individualized support

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