How To Interview a Guest Speaker

Title: How to Interview a Guest Speaker

Grade Level: Mrs. Jacksonís 2nd Grade/ Monument School

Introduction: This lesson is in preparation for our guest speaker tomorrow. The children are going to learn and practice how to be a polite audience. They will prepare their questions and practice their interview skills.

Rationale: It is important for students to know how to speak publicly and interview a guest. They have to know the proper etiquette and how to behave when they are being a good listener and audience. It is important for children to learn how to respect a speaker and how to question them. It is also vital for students to know how to come up with their own questions and deliver them to a speaker.

Prior knowledge: The students have learned about hurricanes and are preparing for a guest speaker to come the next day. They have worked on being polite and respectful.

Curriculum Standards:

3.2 5 Listen attentively to a variety of speakers

3.2 6 Develop listening strategies, such as asking relevant questions, taking notes, and making predictions, to understand what is heard

Hook: Pretend that you are reporters covering an important news story. You will have to interview a guest speaker. How will you prepare? What questions will you ask? Letís role play what we would do if we were in this situation.

Lesson Narrative:

1. Letís think about how we would greet someone who was coming into our classroom. What would we say? Hello, Mr. or Mrs. ?????

2. We should have some of our questions prepared. What would we like to know if we could interview someone who was in a hurricane?

Letís write some answers on the board.One question at least per child.

3. How would we ask it? We have to raise our hand and wait for the guest to call on us. But they donít know your names. That means to be helpful we should make some name tags.

4. Make the name tags. Put something special about you on the name tag.

5. If we are real reporters we should have a pencil and paper to write down the answers. We could just jot down a couple of words or draw a picture if we arenít sure how to write it.

6. When they were done speaking, what do you think we could say to them?

Thank you for coming

7. Now that we learned some guidelines and tips for interviewing, we should roleplay again and do some interviewing. Write down two questions that you would like to ask your partner next to you. Remember to say hello, wait to be called on, be prepared, write down answer, and then say thank you when they are done. Letís practice.

Closure: Students will write in their learning logs about what they learned or liked about the lesson today. We will hear the role plays that were done.

Imagination: Role playing should capture the childrenís imagination. They enjoy pretend games and particularly when they act like adults. They will also be engaged because they know a real guest speaker will be coming the next day and that they will be asking the questions that they prepare.

Educational Democracy:

The main focus of this lesson is on learning how to interview a guest speaker. However the children are learning how to be a good audience as well as how to be polite and respect a speaker. They will be learning responsibility by preparing and asking their own questions.

Individualization: Students teachers will move around the room, giving help where needed. Students will be able to work alone and with a group or partner.




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