TIME: 5 Minutes
Please prepare a tribute speech for someone that you admire or care about, or someone you don't know but find interesting nonetheless. The context for this speech is one of the following (of your choosing): an awards ceremony, a wedding/birthday, or a funeral. You may also choose to deliver a eulogy for yourself.
Each student is to prepare a 5-minute tribute that recognizes the virtues, accomplishments and personality of the individual in question. The main objective here is to get comfortable organizing and preparing ideas. You must organize your speech in a way that is meaningful and flows in a logical way. For instance, it would be helpful to frame your speech around a uniting theme or metaphor.
The two main purposes of this speech are: to evoke emotion and to invite your audience to reflect on the life/accomplishments of the person about whom you are speaking. Think about the various techniques we've observed in the TED talks we've watched as a class that make emotional appeals (storytelling, being vulnerable, using visuals, etc.)
Pay close attention to the following when preparing your speech:
Introduction: attention-gaining material, thesis statement, preview.
Thesis Statement: Clear, specific, and directly related to your main points, perhaps through a unifying theme or metaphor
Conclusion: signal end of speech, summarize main points, decisive and memorable close.
Typed outline due in class (or by email) MONDAY April 14 (even if you are presenting on the 16th).