As citizens we encounter ceremonial speaking occasions throughout our lives, from wedding toasts to retirement dinners to eulogies. While many textbooks offer guidelines for the various types of speaking occasions, these occasions are difficult to create within the classroom environment. Often instructors skip assigning a full ceremonial speech because of this. This activity is designed to provide students with an opportunity to practice some of the basic elements of ceremonial speaking, such as writing a thesis statement, providing supporting materials, and using magnification. Students are paired together, interview each other, and then present original award speeches to each other, thus achieving an in-class ceremonial speech that is not pretend and that creates a positive classroom environment.
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"Giving a Classmate an Award: Ceremonial Speaking Within the Classroom Environment,"
Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal: Vol. 36
, Article 10.
Available at: http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/ctamj/vol36/iss1/10