Thursday, October 22, 2015

Extra Credit Speaking Opportunity

Many of you have had extra speaking opportunities in the ML community, at your home churches, at your sport's banquets, for chapel, and many other places and occasions. Describe your speaking opportunity and you will receive some extra credit based on your response, your practice time, the length of your speech, and your efforts in helping us understand the event in your post. Things to consider as you write...

What was the occasion?
Was it an impromptu speech or did you prepare?
Where you speaking alone or were you part of a group?
How long did you prepare?
Did you practice with an adult?
How long was your speech?
How many people were in the audience?
Did you receive some feedback from audience members? What did they say?

As always, grammar and syntax are important! Due by January 8 (11:59 p.m.)

14 comments:

  1. Is it plagiarizing if I take the words of several others and compose a speech out of only other peoples words. Is it not my thought to compose those words. Is it not my thoughts to share those words in that particular order. Is it wrong. If it plagiarizing mrs. Dennert then can I claim I wrote anything or should I cite Jorge Luis Borges or should I cite God. I hate the term plagiarism. I prefer to say sharing.

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    1. Is it fair to destroy someone else's work or is it only justifiable?

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    2. "To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal ideas from many people is research."
      - William Mizner

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  2. "To steal the life from one person is murder. To steal the lives from many people is progress."- manifest destiny

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  3. "Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable."-George Orwell

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  4. The quote by Mizner does not make sense to me. If you steal from several sources then you are still stealing from each website. If you take information from a source then you are merely reiterating the same media and nothing changes. Does a statement have value if said over and over again.

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  5. When I was in middle school our grades ran class elections for the student council. I ran two years for class representative and had to give a speech on why they should vote me as the class grade representative. We were told months in advance on what we would be doing so we could have enough time to pick what we wanted to run for, campaign, and prepare a speech. My speech was only about a page or two in length, which went by very fast. When giving our speeches we stood on a mini stage, behind a podium, in front of the whole school. This was my first time giving a real speech in front of such a big group.

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  6. I have had many speaking opportunities over the last few months. One in particular was my TOD for theology with Mr. Janetzke. I started it out with about a 10 minute clip from the movie God's Not Dead. After the video I then gave a short 4 or 5 minute speech. It was about how at the end of the movie they issue a challenge to everyone who sees the movie to text everyone in their contacts "God's NOT Dead" I talked about how we can all be a little more "Christian Like" and help others when they need help rather than just pass them by not showing that we are loving people. At the end of the speech I reiterated the challenge to my classmates to text everyone in their contacts "God's NOT Dead". I do not know how many did it if any did it at all but what I do know is that I saw a few smiling faces in the audience and that is enough for me. I practiced it about four times the night before and it went really well, I got a few nice job comments which was really nice to hear.

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  7. Earlier this year during the class Fact Vs. Fiction with Mrs. Kamprath we had to do a project about death in other cultures. We had to stand in front of the class and present in a speech format. I was in a group with four other people but one of them was not prepared for the presentation. All went as planned, I had written up notes cards for myself and the rest of my group and had practiced my part about two times. The day came for us to present to the class and of course one of the people in the group wasn't prepared to present their slide so I stepped in and essentially did a note card speech and then with no time to prepare in between an impromptu speech. It went surprisingly well considering I wasn't completely sure what they were going to say (The note cards were just an overview of what they should say, nothing in depth enough to present off of). I did a pretty good job winging it because I had a general idea what they were going to say but I had nothing prepared. In the end we got a really good grade on the project and I got a lot of compliments from my group for stepping up and winging a speech that well.

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  8. I am a Sunday School teacher and being that as I am I have to teach a lesson to 4th graders who quite frankly, aren't that good at listening. So every Saturday I sit down at the table, look over the lesson plan that is given to us leaders by the church and I make a few revisions to make the lessons a bit more fun for the average 4th grader. So every Sunday I stand up in front of about 10 kids and I teach them a lesson about the bible story that we are supposed to teach that week with a fun twist on it. On occasion I have to look up from my speech and yell at a few kids for goofing off while we are praying or doing a devotion but for the most part it is easy to speak in front of little kids because they look up to you no matter what you do. It is really good to put in their minds the word of God through a speech that I think they really enjoy every week and a fun game at the end where I can test them on how much they were listening to me speak. Overall it is a lot of fun to prepare these speeches for these kids who almost always love to hear them.

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  9. I am a life team leader for the high schoolers at Martin Luther High School. It is quite a task because every time that we meet I have a speech prepared but it is very hard to get participation from sixteen high schoolers who just want to be home sleeping. I do my best to keep them together and on topic but it is just a huge hassle. The 4th grade Sunday schoolers act better than they do. Overall in the end I think that they get the point but the speech really helps them understand the main point/idea.

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  10. During U.S. History we had to present a speech on the use of steam during the beginning years of the United States and how it helped us grow and expand our economy and overall territory. It was not an easy topic but I had three others working with me. The day before the speech came along and I had practiced about three times for the speech and was all set to go at the beginning of the class. Someone started with the introduction and it went well, the first and second people presented their parts and then it was my turn. I took a deep breath and walked out to the middle of the classroom. I remembered what I had learned earlier that year in speech to make use of pauses, look at everyone, and move around the room. I began the speech and had my notes in hand and was just kind of slowly walking around the center of the room around desks and using pauses and pointing around to the screen. I thought I was just kind of doing what felt natural and it went really well after my part was done and the next person was going up to talk about their part one of the other people in my group whispered to my "We forgot to make a closing statement." I decided that , you know what, what the heck, I'll just wing it since no one is prepared. So I did the same thing that I did before, I walked around the room slowly talking about what my partners had said and summing it all up. I stumbled for words a few times but in the end as impromptu speeches go I felt pretty good about it. When I sat down the people around me said nice conclusion. They said they couldn't tell that I had winged it at all! I was a little shocked because I thought it was just, meh. In the end, it all worked out and I got a lot more practice with impromptu speaking which was really nice and went really well.

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  11. In U.S. History we had to debate whether parts of slavery were "bad" or "bad but not so super bad". My partner and I picked the short straw and had to come up with reasons why the slaves family lives and social lives were not that bad. It was really hard to come up with reasons why slavery wasn't so bad because in the end, it was horribly awful. We ended up with two pretty decent arguments that we didn't totally agree with but got the job done. I practiced the speech about twice the day before. The speech went really well and we got a lot of people to see where we were coming from. In the end we lost the debate because it is not even a question as to whether slavery was good or bad but it gave me a lot of practice speaking about something I do not believe in. Also we had to do an on-the-spot rebuttal which really was a counter argument in the form of an impromptu speech. It also went well but as I said before, very hard to argue something that you do not believe in.

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