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1 I am here today to argue that TeachBot must now, immediately, be banned from our schools, from our colleges and even from our homes. Well. TeachBot may only be a harmless little bouncy blob to you, but I tell you now, TeachBot is to be feared. For TeachBot is like a death-knell for our teachers. It marks the ruination of our schooldays. Most of all, it represents the end of everything that makes us, here today, what we are and what we will become. Let s start with our teachers. Those working in the English department now, for example. There - look at them - there - over there huddled together, nervously, in the corner of this great hall. TeachBot can do everything and more that they could ever do. They just aren t needed any more. So then tell me, what else are they good for? What other employer would possibly take them on? For their sakes, please, I beg you, don t let this vile piece of virtual vermin replace them in our classrooms and take away their livelihoods. Oh, and yes, I know, TeachBot works. You ve already heard from the previous speaker how well it works. It improves standards of writing. It makes us all confident writers. It helped me with this one-minute speech. Sitting there on the desk, answering questions, giving suggestions, reminding me of things that might have slipped my mind, it takes away the anxiety of writing. But answer me this: what is the value of life without a struggle? My friends, my fellow students, just think. What will you say to your grandchildren when they ask you about your schooldays? Surely you want to be able to describe the horror and humiliation of failure, of not being able to write well enough to gain top marks. You will want to tell them how you fought to keep going. My goodness, you will say. We didn t half go through it in my day. Not like you lot, with that there TeachBot to help you all the time, chatting away and making learning fun! And homework? I used to waste hours on it with nobody to put me right. With TeachBot, it s like having a really friendly little teacher at your desk, reminding you what to do. So where s the pain? Where are the hours spent staring at your exercise books, with that miserable feeling of inadequacy and uselessness that is so important in building up your character? Gone. With TeachBot, schooldays could really be the best days of your life! Now who wants that? So, I call on all of you here today, every last one of you in this hall, to join, with me, together, in this our great mission, our great campaign. Let s save the teachers. Let s have a proper education. Let s make sure we have stories of school to terrify our grandchildren with. Let s finally pull the plug on TeachBot! 1

2 PLANNING A script for a speech may well not have conventional paragraphs. It is better to shape up sections that represent stages of the argument. Introduction Intro Salutation Plus state the point I want to make Ladies and gentlemen etc. I am here today to argue Section 2 Present the case 1. problem for teachers 2. Spoil schooldays subject becomes too easy Section 3 Section 4 Explain TeachBot does work of teachers Take on opposition view Then counter it. Make the point that lessons in school become too easy no longer a struggle Lose their jobs describe - make humorous Agree TeachBot works but that takes away something. Makes it all too easy Won t be able to say how difficult school has been to our grandchildren Section 5 Work at home becomes too easy, too. Nothing to complain about any more Need to suffer to build up your character Section 6 Conclusion Ask audience to join movement against TeachBot 2

3 two minute public speaking competition that will take place in your year group SETTING IT OUT Script for a speech can be set out as an ordinary essay, but if you are using it to read from, it s worth marking things like pauses, words to emphasise, etc. to remind you, while speaking. It is also useful to leave extra big gaps between sections. It helps when you look down to check where you are up to. You want to be able to look at your audience while speaking and look down only while pausing between points. When you are confident, you can get rid of the script having rehearsed it and just write down a phrase or a few words to remind you of what is in each section. I am here today to argue that TeachBot must now (pause) immediately (pause) be banned from our schools, from our colleges and even (pause) from our homes. (look around audience) Why? I hear you say. (nod head to show you understand the point) What possible harm can that bouncy little blob do to us? Well. TeachBot may only be a harmless little bouncy blob to you, but I tell you now, TeachBot is to be feared. For TeachBot is like a death-knell for our teachers. It marks the ruination of our schooldays. Most of all, it represents the end of everything that makes us, here today, what we are and what we will become. Let s start with our teachers. Those working in the English department now, for example. There (pause) look at them (pause) there - over there (strong pause) huddled together, nervously, in the corner of this great hall. TeachBot can do everything and more that they could ever do. They just aren t needed any more. So then tell me, what else are they good for? What other employer would possibly take them on? For their sakes (pause) please (pause) I beg you, don t let this vile piece of virtual vermin replace them in our classrooms and take away their livelihoods. Oh, and yes, I know, TeachBot works. You ve already heard from the previous speaker how well it works. It improves standards of writing. It makes us all confident writers. It helped me with this one-minute speech(pause pretend to recollect). Sitting there on the desk, answering questions, giving suggestions, reminding me of things that might have slipped my mind, it takes away the anxiety of writing. But answer me this: what is the value of life without a struggle? My friends, my fellow students, just think. What will you say to your grandchildren when they ask you about your schooldays? Surely you want to be able to describe the horror and humiliation of failure, of not being able to write well enough to gain top marks. You will want to tell them how you fought to keep going. My goodness, you will say. We didn t half go through it in my day. Not like you lot, with that there TeachBot to help you all the time, chatting away and making learning fun! And homework? I used to waste hours on it with nobody to put me right. With TeachBot, it s like having a really friendly little teacher at your desk, reminding you what to do. So where s the pain? Where are the hours spent staring at your exercise books, with that miserable feeling of inadequacy and uselessness that is so important in building up your character? Gone. With TeachBot, schooldays could really be the best days of your life! Now who wants that?(long pause. Look around hall) So, I call on all of you here today, every last one of you in this hall, to join, with me, together, in this our great mission, our great campaign. Let s save the teachers. Let s have a proper education. Let s make sure we have stories of school to terrify our grandchildren with. Let s finally pull the plug on TeachBot! 3

4 one minute public speaking competition that will take place in your year group PARAGRAPH STRUCTURE Paragraphs A paragraph is one or more sentences which develop a main idea in the piece of writing. There s no rule about how many sentences you can put in a paragraph. Have a look here at where the writer has decided there needs to be new ones. It is to help chunk the reading to make the script easy to readas well as to mark a new point. I am here today to argue that TeachBot must now, immediately, be banned from our schools, from our colleges and even from our homes. Well. TeachBot may only be a harmless little bouncy blob to you, but I tell you now, TeachBot is to be feared. For TeachBot is like a death-knell for our Paragraph links teachers. It marks the ruination of our schooldays. Most of all, it represents The opening the sentence of a paragraph may also end of everything that makes us, here today, what we are and what we will link BACK to the previous paragraph. In this way, the writing feels as if it flows. become. It is what's called a cohesive device. Let s start with our teachers. Those working in the English department now, In most for of the other paragraphs here, there isn t that sort of link. The speaker wants to jump example. There - look at them - there - over there huddled together, nervously, from one point to another rather than flow. in the corner of this great hall. TeachBot can do everything and more that they could ever do. They just aren t needed any more. So then tell me, what Notice else the conversational word or phrase with are they good for? What other employer would possibly take them on? For which their each new paragraph is started. sakes, please, I beg you, don t let this vile piece of virtual vermin replace them in our classrooms and take away their livelihoods. Indent from margin or leave Oh, and yes, I know, TeachBot works. You ve already heard from the previous a line space? Do both? speaker how well it works. It improves standards of writing. It makes us all You MUST do something to mark your new paragraph. confident writers. It helped me with this one-minute speech. Sitting there on the When handwriting (if I had desk, answering questions, giving suggestions, reminding me of things that might any hands!) I would indent have slipped my mind, it takes away the anxiety of writing. But answer me this: from the margin. When typing, what is the value of life without a struggle? My friends, my fellow students, just I would leave a line. think. What will you say to your grandchildren when they ask you about your schooldays? Surely you want to be able to describe the horror and humiliation of failure, of not being able to write well enough to gain top marks. You will want to tell them how you fought to keep going. My goodness, you will say. We didn t half go through it in my day. Not like you lot, with that there TeachBot to help you all the time, chatting away and making learning fun! Topic sentence The first sentence of a paragraph usually should introduce the topic that will be developed in the And homework? I used to waste hours on it with nobody to put me right. rest of With the paragraph. TeachBot, it s like having a really friendly little teacher at your desk, However, reminding a speech, just like in a story or conversation you may not want to give away you what to do. So where s the pain? Where are the hours spent staring what you at your are going to say. exercise books, with that miserable feeling of inadequacy and uselessness The 5 th section that is here, starting Oh and yes, I know so important in building up your character? Gone. With TeachBot, schooldays for example, does not really say what that could really be the best days of your life! Now who wants that? paragraph is going to talk about. So, I call on all of you here today, every last one of you in this hall, to join, with me, together, in this our great mission, our great campaign. Let s save the teachers. 4 Let s have a proper education. Let s make sure we have stories of school to terrify our grandchildren with. Let s finally pull the plug on TeachBot!

5 one minute public speaking competition that will take place in your year group OPENING & CLOSING Opening Simple statement of what you want to say. It could be less direct, and introduce the argument in a more intriguing way: e.g. We have, in our midst, a virus that is infecting us all and which must be eliminated for all our sakes. That virus is TeachBot. The point is, it lets the audience know what it is that you are going to argue about. I am here today to argue that TeachBot must now, immediately, be banned from our schools, from our colleges and even from our homes. Well. TeachBot may only be a harmless little bouncy blob to you, but I tell you now, TeachBot is to be feared. For TeachBot is like a death-knell for our teachers. It marks the ruination of our schooldays. Most of all, it represents the end of everything that makes us, here today, what we are and what we will become. Let s start with our teachers. Those working in the English department now, for example. There - look at them - there - over there huddled together, nervously, in the corner of this great hall. TeachBot can do everything and more that they could ever do. They just aren t needed any more. So then tell me, what else are they good for? What other employer would possibly take them on? For their sakes, please, I beg you, don t let this vile piece of virtual vermin replace them in our classrooms and take away their livelihoods. Oh, and yes, I know, TeachBot works. You ve already heard from the previous speaker how well it works. It improves standards of writing. It makes us all confident writers. It helped me with this one-minute speech. Sitting there on the desk, answering questions, giving suggestions, reminding me of things that might have slipped my mind, it takes away the anxiety of writing. But answer me this: what is the value of life without a struggle? My friends, my fellow students, just think. What will you say to your grandchildren when they ask you about your schooldays? Surely you want to be able to describe the horror and humiliation of failure, of not being able to write well enough to gain top marks. You will want to tell them how you fought to keep going. My goodness, you will say. We didn t half go through it in my day. Not like you lot, with that there TeachBot to help you all the time, chatting away and making learning fun! And homework? I used to waste hours on it with nobody to put me right. With TeachBot, it s like having a really friendly little teacher at your desk, reminding you what to do. So where s the pain? Where are the hours spent staring at your exercise books, with that miserable feeling of inadequacy and uselessness that is so important in building up your character? Gone. With TeachBot, schooldays could really be the best days of your life! Now who wants that? So, I call on all of you here today, every last one of you in this hall, to join, with me, together, in this our great mission, our great campaign. Let s save the teachers. Let s have a proper education. Let s make sure we have stories of school to terrify our grandchildren with. Let s finally pull the plug on TeachBot! Ending This sums up the main points of the argument and directs the audience to the view that the speaker wants them to have. It could be less direct, e.g.: So, if you want Mr. Braithwaite to join the dole queue and you want to become a clever dick with nothing interesting to tell your offspring about schooldays, then just carry on. I 5 hope you don t mind if I don t join you.

6 VOCABULARY Variety of vocabulary. Mixture of chatty phrases and ways of saying things (colloquialisms) with some educated language. Your audience should feel the speaker is able to talk personally in conversational language, but, very importantly, has enough educated vocabulary to show authority. I am here today to argue that TeachBot must now, immediately, be banned from our schools, from our colleges and even from our homes. Wit Being witty can mean funny, but it means more than that it also means Well. TeachBot may only be a harmless little bouncy blob to you, but I tell you now, bright and clever. This helps make the speech TeachBot is to be feared. For TeachBot is like a death-knell for our teachers. It marks entertaining. the ruination of our schooldays. Most of all, it represents the end of everything that makes In us, a speech like this one, here today, what we are and what we will become. the speaker is choosing words and phrases that keep the audience interested. Let s start with our teachers. Those working in the English department now, for example. There - look at them - there - over there huddled together, nervously, in the corner of this great hall. TeachBot can do everything and more that they could ever do. They just aren t needed any more. So then tell me, what else are they good for? What other employer would possibly take them on? For their sakes, please, I beg you, don t let this vile piece of virtual vermin replace them in our classrooms and take away their livelihoods. Oh, and yes, I know, TeachBot works. You ve already heard from the previous speaker how well it works. It improves standards of writing. It makes us all confident writers. It helped me with this one-minute speech. Sitting there on the desk, answering questions, giving suggestions, reminding me of things that might have slipped my mind, it takes away the anxiety of writing. But answer me this: what is the value of life without a struggle? My friends, my fellow students, just think. What will you say to your grandchildren when they ask you about your schooldays? Surely you want to be able to describe the horror and humiliation of failure, of not being able to write well enough to gain top marks. You will want to tell them how you fought to keep going. My goodness, you will say. We didn t half go through it in my day. Not like you lot, with that there TeachBot to help you all the time, chatting away and making learning fun! And homework? I used to waste hours on it with nobody to put me right. With TeachBot, it s like having a really friendly little teacher at your desk, reminding you what to do. So where s the pain? Where are the hours spent staring at your exercise books, with that miserable feeling of inadequacy and uselessness that is so important in building up your character? Gone. With TeachBot, schooldays could really be the best days of your life! Now who wants that? So, I call on all of you here today, every last one of you in this hall, to join, with me, together, in this our great mission, our great campaign. Let s save the teachers. Let s have a proper education. Let s make sure we have stories of school to terrify our grandchildren with. Let s finally pull the plug on TeachBot! 6

7 VOICE Speech pattern. Some of the sentences here would not be correct for writing, but are the sort we use when speaking: sentences without active verbs, without proper subjects etc. In an English exam, be careful that your examiner doesn t think you don t know what a proper sentence is. I am here today to argue that TeachBot must now, immediately, be banned from our schools, from our colleges and even from our homes. Well. TeachBot may only be a harmless little bouncy blob to you, but I tell you now, TeachBot is to be feared. For TeachBot is like a death-knell for our teachers. It marks the ruination of our schooldays. Most of all, it represents the end of everything that makes us, here today, what we are and what we will become. Let s start with our teachers. Those working in the English department now, for example. There - look at them - there - over there huddled together, nervously, in the corner of this great hall. TeachBot can do everything and more that they could ever do. They just aren t needed any more. So then tell me, what else are they good for? What other employer would possibly take them on? For their sakes, please, I beg you, don t let this vile piece of virtual vermin replace them in our classrooms and take away their livelihoods. Oh, and yes, I know, TeachBot works. You ve already heard from the previous speaker how well it works. It improves standards of writing. It makes us all confident writers. It helped me with this one-minute speech. Sitting there on the desk, answering questions, giving suggestions, reminding me of things that might have slipped my mind, it takes away the anxiety of writing. But answer me this: what is the value of life without a struggle? My friends, my fellow students, just think. What will you say to your grandchildren when they ask you about your schooldays? Surely you want to be able to describe the horror and Questions Rhetorical and other humiliation of failure, of not being able to write well enough to gain top marks. You will just like when we are want to tell them how you fought to keep going. My goodness, you will say. We didn t speaking to someone it half go through it in my day. Not like you lot, with that there TeachBot to help you all the checks that they are time, chatting away and making learning fun! listening and the rhetorical ones sort of force them to agree with And homework? I used to waste hours on it with nobody to put me right. With TeachBot, you. it s like having a really friendly little teacher at your desk, reminding you what to do. So Look at the four where s the pain? Where are the hours spent staring at your exercise books, with that questions in this paragraph. miserable feeling of inadequacy and uselessness that is so important in building up your character? Gone. With TeachBot, schooldays could really be the best days of your life! Now who wants that? So, I call on all of you here today, every last one of you in this hall, to join, with me, together, in this our great mission, our great campaign. Let s save the teachers. Let s have a proper education. Let s make sure we have stories of school to terrify our grandchildren with. Let s finally pull the plug on TeachBot! Emotion It may only be pretend emotion (because the speech is supposed to be quite funny) but look at how the emotion builds in this paragraph and ends with an exclamation. 7

8 STYLE EFFECTS I am here today to argue that TeachBot must now, immediately, be banned from our schools, from our colleges and even from our homes. Emotion Appeal to the sympathies of the audience. Well. TeachBot may only be a harmless little bouncy blob to you, but I tell you now, TeachBot is to be feared. For TeachBot is like a death-knell for our teachers. It marks the ruination of our schooldays. Most of all, it represents the end of everything that makes us, here today, what we are and what we will become. Rule of Three (Three-parter or magic three) This speaker has used the three-parter (three words, three phrases or three sentences) five or six times here. (Normally this would probably be too many times in one short speech but here, because the speaker is being humorous and over the top he or she gets away with it). Let s start with our teachers. Those working in the English department now, for example. There - look at them - there - over there huddled together, nervously, in the corner of this great hall. TeachBot can do everything and more that they could ever do. They just aren t needed any more. So then tell me, what else are they good for? What other employer would possibly take them on? For their sakes, please, I beg you, don t let this vile piece of virtual vermin replace them in our classrooms and take away their livelihoods. Oh, and yes, I know, TeachBot works. You ve already heard from the previous speaker how well it works. It improves standards of writing. It makes us all confident writers. It helped me with this one-minute speech. Sitting there on the desk, answering questions, giving suggestions, reminding me of things that might have slipped my mind, it takes away and you can show that your views are better. the anxiety of writing. But answer me this: what is the value of life without a struggle? This whole paragraph does My friends, my fellow students, just think. What will you say to your grandchildren when that. they ask you about your schooldays? Surely you want to be able to describe the horror and humiliation of failure, of not being able to write well enough to gain top marks. You Repetition will want to tell them how you fought to keep going. My goodness, you will say. We Same idea, explained a didn t half go through it in my day. Not like you lot, with that there TeachBot to help you different way to all the time, chatting away and making learning fun! emphasise it And homework? I used to waste hours on it with nobody to put me right. With TeachBot, it s like having a really friendly little teacher at your desk, reminding you what to do. So where s the pain? Where are the hours spent staring at your exercise books, with that miserable feeling of inadequacy and uselessness that is so important in building up your character? Gone. With TeachBot, schooldays could really be the best days of your life! Now who wants that? So, I call on all of you here today, every last one of you in this hall, to join, with me, together, in this our great mission, our great campaign. Let s save the teachers 1. Let s have a proper education 2. Let s make sure we have stories of school to terrify our grandchildren with 3. Let s finally pull the plug on TeachBot 4! 8 Exaggeration Make your language stand out. Really great speakers will give their audiences phrases that they will remember. Here the speaker has used alliteration. Using opponents arguments against them. The important thing is to show, when arguing, that you know your opponents views Four-parter? The most important three-parter should be the one that ends the speech. It finishes the speech by building a rousing a climax. The speaker has made it a four-parter. Is this too many? Is it overthe-top? What do you think?

9 SENTENCE VARIETY Sentences used when speaking. Some of the sentences here would not be correct for writing, but are the sort we use when speaking: sentences without active verbs, without proper subjects etc. In an English exam, be careful that your examiner doesn t think you don t know what a proper sentence is. These are sometimes called minor sentences. I am here today to argue that TeachBot must now, immediately, be banned from our schools, from our colleges and even from our homes. Mainly simple sentences: for impact. Say parts of the speech aloud to yourself you ll see that the Well. TeachBot may only be a harmless little bouncy blob to you, but I tell you now, speech is easy to say aloud there TeachBot is to be feared. For TeachBot is like a death-knell for our teachers. It marks are the few long chunks of writing ruination of our schooldays. Most of all, it represents the end of everything that makes without us, strong pauses. here today, what we are and what we will become. Let s start with our teachers. Those working in the English department now, for example. There - look at them - there - over there huddled together, nervously, in the corner of this great hall. TeachBot can do everything and more that they could ever do. They just aren t needed any more. So then tell me, what else are they good for? What other employer would possibly take them on? For their sakes, please, I beg you, don t let this vile piece of virtual vermin replace them in our classrooms and take away their livelihoods. Oh, and yes, I know, TeachBot works. You ve already heard from the previous speaker how well it works. It improves standards of writing. It makes us all confident writers. It helped me with this one-minute speech. Sitting there on the desk, answering questions, giving suggestions, reminding me of things that might have slipped my mind, it takes away the anxiety of writing. But answer me this: what is the value of life without a struggle? My friends, my fellow students, just think. What will you say to your grandchildren when they ask you about your schooldays? Surely you want to be able to describe the horror and humiliation of failure, of not being able to write well enough to gain top marks. You will want to tell them how you fought to keep going. My goodness, you will say. We didn t half go through it in my day. Not like you lot, with that there TeachBot to help you all the time, chatting away and making learning fun! Repetition Often as groups of three (Three-Parters, Magic-Three) which has a build-up effect and makes the final part really stand out (it s a rhetorical device). These three have the same pattern they start with It and are the same sort of Complex sentences Few in this speech but look at how they give an impression of thoughtfulness and they slow the speech down at those points. This adds contrast. And homework? I used to waste hours on it with nobody to put me right. With TeachBot, it s like having a really friendly little teacher at your desk, reminding you what to do. So where s the pain? Where are the hours spent staring at your exercise books, with that miserable feeling of inadequacy and uselessness that is so important in building up your character? Gone. With TeachBot, schooldays could really be the best days of your life! Now Multi-clause who wants that? Look at the way putting in lots of extra phrases, separated by So, I call on all of you here today, every last one of you in this hall, to join, with me, commas, breaks this sentence together, in this our great mission, our great campaign. Let s save the teachers. Let s have up and makes it very punchy. This long sentence also a proper education. Let s make sure we have stories of school to terrify our grandchildren contrasts with short ones that with. Let s finally pull the plug on TeachBot! follow. 9

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