Presentations & Oral Learning
At Level 4, students plan, rehearse and make presentations for different purposes. They sustain a point of view and provide succinct accounts of personal experiences or events. They adjust their speaking to take account of context, purpose and audience, and vary tone, volume and pace of speech to create or emphasise meaning.
When listening to spoken texts, they identify the main idea and supporting details and summarise them for others. They identify opinions offered by others, propose other relevant viewpoints and extend ideas in a constructive manner
Lessons & Activities
CREATE SPEECH: At the banquet in Dictionopolis the guests had to make a speech and "eat their own words". Use Publisher to present a "tasty speech". Decorate with border, graphics and interesting fonts. Students can then present this to the class in groups, or individually.
READING ALOUD IN PAIRS: Students to work in partners and read aloud to each other. This enables students to listen to themselves and focus on their expression, volume and pace when reading to others.
CREATE ENDING: When Milo leaves the lands of Dictionopolis and Digitopolis, and the tollbooth vanishes, what happens? Students create an individual account of what happens. Students may choose to read this aloud to the class, and this activity can be created into a play if desired.
SPELLING GAME - HANGMAN: Students work in groups to play Hangman using words from the text. This game can work as a whole class, in pairs or small groups.
This activity is conducted with a student standing in front of the others, in a presentation manner.
BRAINSTORM: Explore the meaning of Doldrums, Whether/Weather, Expectations, Humbug, Chroma, Mathemagician, and such phrases as Senses Taker, "Castle in the Air," and "The Return of Rhyme and Reason" by creating groups to go off and brainstorm about them, then create a poster to present for 5 minutes their thoughts to the class.
DEBATE: Stage a debate between the brother kings and defend their views that either numbers or letters are important.
REVISIT ENDING: Write and illustrate a class book or PowerPoint presentation that proves what the kings told Milo at the end of his journey. Present finished piece to class. Students are then given the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions.
PLAY: Students are given the opportunity to emmense themselves into a character from the book. They work together to perform a play which includes dressing up, props and scripts.