Painless Speaking

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Overview

Designed for use in middle school and high school classrooms, as well as at home, books in this series transform subjects that are normally dreaded by many students. Painless books take light-hearted approaches to their subjects, while addressing topics that classroom texts never get to. Painless Speaking explores the uniquely human act of oral communication, including elements in our culture that shape the way we speak. It explores finding one's voice, understanding the basic unit of speech communication (an utterance), learning the art of conversation, reading aloud from fiction and nonfiction texts, and instruction in public speaking, which entails composing, practicing, and delivering a speech. Students will find guidelines for self-evaluation of a public speech.

Discusses oral communication from uttering a sound, effects of culture, conversational speech, reading alone or aloud, memorized or extemporaneous speaking, and more.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780764121470
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/3/2003
  • Series: Painless Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Elizabeth is also the author of Painless Poetry and Painless Spelling, both published as part of Barron’s Painless Series.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Chapter 1 Finding Your Voice 1
Elements of the Voice 3
Beyond the Words 11
English for All Occasions I: Language and Dialect 15
English for All Occasions II: Culture and Etiquette 18
Modes of Communication 27
Internal Feeling and External Communication 30
Chapter 2 "Confer, Converse, and Otherwise Hobnob": Informal Talk with Others 41
How Does Communication Happen? 43
The Art of Conversation 57
Chapter 3 "Once Upon a Time" Reading Aloud: Making Print Come Alive 89
Starting Out with Texts 91
Speech Genres and Their Five Areas of Influence 95
How Texts Make Meaning 108
Breaking the Rules of Meaning Making 122
Making Decisions About Stresses and Pauses 128
Preparing to Read Aloud 139
Chapter 4 Composing a Speech 169
Speech Genre Selection 172
Subject Development 181
Research and Sources 193
Composing Your Speech 197
Refining Your Speech 206
Chapter 5 Practicing and Performing "Think All You Speak" 219
Practicing Prepared Material 221
Delivering Prepared Material 236
Winging It 241
Evaluating Speech 249
Appendices 253
Appendix A Graphic Organizers 255
Appendix B Selected Speeches 264
Appendix C Marked Text 273
Index 288
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