Overview: This impromptu speaking activity asks students to translate the issue from a New York Times article into an engaging 2-3 minute presentation.
Author: Chris Kamrath
Activity name: Impromptu presentation: Newspaper translation activity
Class: PWR 2
Activity brief description: Students choose an article from the pages of the New York Times. They use this article as the basis for a short (2 to 3 minute) presentation. In sharing/translating the article, they need to sum up key details from the article while getting the audience interested in the topic and encouraging their fellow students to read more.
Schedule: Week 6 or 7. This activity works best after the draft of the written research argument and during the preparation for the final Research Presentation.
Activity length: 1 hour +/-
- To help students become more comfortable with speaking in front of class.
- To help students understand the concept of translation between writing and speech. The presentation should encourage students to think through the differences between writing and speaking, print and performance.
- To provide students a sense of timing for brief presentations.
- To demonstrate that even impromptu speeches involve drafting, structure (introduction, evidence, conclusion, signposts), and practice.
- To practice using an outline to speak extemporaneously.
Activity details: See handout.
Additional notes: This activity was originally featured as an Activity of the Week in winter 2015.