- Speak Up For Recycling
- (Adapted from
A-way With Waste: A Waste Management Curriculum for Schools,
- by State of Washington,
Department of Ecology)
speech, language arts
Organizing a speech in terms of ideas to investigate and support
is an effective way to present a persuasive argument.
Students will present a persuasive, well-organized speech promoting
the establishment of a school recycling program.
note cards, pen
To develop an idea and speech, students will:
- 1. Think up possible statements.
2. Rework possible statements to produce a positive statement.
- 3. Brainstorm reasons to support it.
- 4. Rate reasons in the order in which
they will be presented: least persuasive to most persuasive.
- 5. Write a short introduction to the
speech. Introduction includes: introduction of self, short history
of situation or problem at hand, and a statement of thesis.
- 6. Write short transition phrases leading
from one reason to the next to give speech continuity.
7. Write summary/conclusion that restates the problem and summarizes
the most persuasive reasons, leaving the audience with an important
point to consider.
- 8. Write the speech onto note cards,
one main point per card.
- 9. Practice the speech so that students
can deliver it smoothly, not reading the cards but using them
only for reference while looking at their audience and feeling
prepared for speaking in public.
- 1. Students present speech to community
groups, city council, county commissioners.
- 2. Students attend public meetings
on other public problems and evaluate the effectiveness of
- 3. Students attend trials and court
hearings to evaluate techniques and effectiveness of presentations.
- 4. Teacher arranges visits of lawyers
to class to discuss techniques of persuasive speaking.
- 5. Students write letters to the editors
of local papers advocating that recycling be included as a
method of solid waste management.
- 6. Students discuss how recycling and
"resource recovery" can work together as part of
a solid waste management plan.