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Talk it Up Book 1 Ages 8-10

Oral language activities for the classroom

Looking for the tools to help build children's confidence and self-expression?

Talk it Up Book 1 will equip your students with the skills to write and present different styles of oral language, suitable for students aged 8-10 years old.

This book contains five main units - speeches, debates, poetry recitation, interviewing, and promoting and advertising. The lessons within each unit cover vocabulary and terms, structure and formats, group practice, and whole-class presentations.

Ages: 8-10 | Pages: 64 | Code: 5730 | ISBN: 9781927221075
Series: Talk it Up

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Maria Gill

Maria Gill writes full time from a seaside village north of Auckland, New Zealand. She has had 20 children’s books published for the retail market and another 35 educational books for the international market. Maria specialises in children’s non-fiction books. Seven of her books have been shortlisted for children’s book awards (New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards and LIANZA Awards) and eight have been Storylines Notable Books. Her book ‘Anzac Heroes’ won the New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adult Non-fiction Award and the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award. ‘New Zealand Hall of Fame’ won the Children’s Choice in the non-fiction category. Previously she has been a primary school teacher and she also has a Graduate Diploma in Journalism Studies. Maria also reviews books on . For more information about Maria please go to


Example of How To Use the Lesson Plans5
Curriculum Links in the New Zealand Classroom6
Curriculum Links in the AustralianClassroom7
Curriculum Links in the United Kingdom Classroom8
Unit One: Speeches9
Lesson Plan 1: Format for Writing Speeches9
Lesson Plan 2: Using Memory Skills10
Lesson Plan 3: Inform Speeches11
Lesson Plan 4: Persuasive Speeches12
Lesson Plan 5: Presenting speeches13
Unit Two: Debating14
Lesson Plan 1: What Is an Argument?14
Lesson Plan 2: Opinions and Reasons12
Lesson Plan 3: Supporting Opinions and Reasons16
Lesson Plan 4: Recommendations17
Lesson Plan 5: Debating Terms and Structure18
Lesson Plan 6: Affirmative and Negative Statements19
Lesson Plan 7: Presenting Debates and Asking Questions21
Unit Three: Reciting Poetry22
Lesson Plan 1: Pacing a Poem22
Lesson Plan 2: Gestures23
Lesson Plan 3: Expression24
Lesson Plan 4: Choral Reciting as a Class25
Lesson Plan 5: Choral Reciting with Movement27
Unit Four: Interviewing28
Lesson Plan 1: Planning an Interview28
Lesson Plan 2: Interview Questions29
Lesson Plan 3: Recording the Interview30
Lesson Plan 4: Performing an Interview31
Unit Five: Persuasive Presentations32
Lesson Plan 1: Writing Persuasive Statements32
Lesson Plan 2: Convincing People to Take Action33
Lesson Plan 3: Using Visuals34
1. Introduce Myself Speech Plan35
2. Speech Memory Cards, Including Template36
3. Inform Speech Plan37
4. Persuade Speech Plan38
5. For and Against Statements39
6. Debating Form40
7. Affirmative and Negative Arguments41
8. Interview Plan Sheet42
9. Persuasive Statement43
1. Introduce Myself Speech Plan44
2. Inform Speech Plan45
3. Persuasive Speech Cards46
4. Persuade Speech Plan47
5. Speech Feedback Cards48
6. For and Against Statements49
7. Multichoice Reasons Sheet50
8. Debating Form51
9. Key Terms in Debating52
10. Speaker Roles53
11. Affirmative and Negative Statements54
12. Debating Topic Cards55
13. Debating Evaluation56
14. Interview Plan57
15. Persuasive Statement Plan58
Peer Evaluation Cards59
Self-Assessment Worksheet60
Teacher's Assessment Matrix61
Additional Useful Resources62