DHS Johnson

Monday- Friday May 14-18th

TED talks: This week, students will be giving 4-6 minute TED talks on the dates signed up for.  We will see/ present about five speeches a day and you should take notes on speeches for the written part of the final next week.


Wednesday, May 9th

Today we watched and analyzed this TED talk by Simon Sinek: https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_why_good_leaders_make_you_feel_safe

We used the rest of class to work on preparing speeches and writing mustifications for next week’s speech.

If you have not yet signed up for a time slot to speak, please be sure to do so ASAP.

Tuesday, May 8th

Today we watched and discussed this story-based TED talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVe4lAUyY8M

We started working on ideas for talks and drafted talks.  Some people worked on written responses.

Monday, May 7th

We watched this TED talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/frances_frei_how_to_build_and_rebuild_trust

How does the speaker engage the audience?  How does she establish ethos?  What memory device does she use to make her idea stick?  Does it work?  Why or why not?

Here is the formal assignment for our TED speeches that we will be performing next week in class: TED Talk

Be sure to print and read this if you were absent.  There is important information about the assignment and how you will be graded here.

Friday, May 4th

TED prep: Today we watched a few different types of TED and speech presentations.

Watch How to Speak so that People Want to Listen

Although this speaker DOES NOT tell a story, what does he do?  What parts of his speech are memorable and why?  What does he do besides talk?  How does he involve his audience?  Is this speech effective?  Why or why not?

We also watched a few slam poems or “performance” speeches by Taylor Mail: Totally like whatever you know

The the impotence of proofreading

Even though these are poems, how is the performance memorable?  Is there still an idea worth sharing there?  Why or why not?  Is this an effective way to deliver an idea?

Exit ticket:

Submit one idea for a storytelling speech, one for an outline/list/ acronym style speech, and one for a performance/ slam poem speech.

If you already are 100% SURE of what you want to do for your TED talk, write a paragraph explaining what you plan to do and the approach you plan to take.


Thursday, May 3

TED prep: Today we watched and analyzed this TED talk: How I Beat Stage Fright

How does the speaker use the power of STORY to convey and teach an idea?  What other techniques does he use to capture and keep his audience attention?   What is the overall message?  Is the speech effective?  Why or why not?  How van YOU use story in your TED talk?

SAT scores are available on your College Board account if you remember passwords!

Wednesday, May 2

Today, you will need to answer the following questions to brainstorm your TED talk topic:

  1.  What do you love?  What is your passion?
  2. What do you daydream about?
  3. How are you an expert?  What do you specialize in?
  4. What do you wish more people would know or do?
  5. What bothers you about this world and how could it be better?

After listing as much as you can think of, underline the top three things you think you could do a speech about.  Out of the three, circle one topic.  After you choose a topic, list five angles that you could present on the topic.  Hand the five angles on your chosen topic in for a grade.