Goal: To allow students the opportunity to practice public speaking, practice using creativity and humor, and to become familiar with the different types of special occasion speeches.
Time: 30-40 minutes (depending on the size of the class)
1. Give each student a piece of paper with one type of special occasion speech. The paper can merely specify the type of speech, or it can be more specific (e.g., a speech of introduction, or a speech to introduce Lady Gaga at the Grammy Awards; a toast, or a toast at the wedding of your good friend).
2. Have each student will develop a one-minute impromptu speech. Creativity and humor may be used to create a memorable and interesting speech.
3. Ask students to present their speech to the class.