Opening Zinger
Title and Author
Theme Focus
Eye Contact
Vocal Quality
Word Choice
3-5 Minutes

Outside Reading Presentations

After the completion of the book you will be assigned a date to present your Outside Reader Report. The Presentation will be 3-5 minutes. You will be graded on voice clarity, eye contact, knowledge of the book, and quote exposition.

Guidelines and expectations:

 State the Title and Author of the book.

 Discuss the central plot and character(s) without giving away any key elements or the ending. Don’t spoil the ending or any surprising twists for others who have not read the book yet. Points will be deducted from students who do not follow these guidelines.

 Share an important quote. Choose a quote that is important to character development, plot development, setting, or a central theme. Explain the significance of the quote and what you learned from it. Why is this quote important to your understanding of the book? You may use a quote from one of your completed assignments if you would like.

 Give a recommendation for the novel. Would you recommend this book to other students? Did you like the book? Why? Be specific.

 Follow all the guidelines for public speaking as discussed and practiced in class. Use good eye contact, note cards, good vocal quality, know your material, and keep distracting movements to a minimum.


The Sir Winston Method :

The five secrets of speaking the language of leadership.

  • Begin strongly. Impress your audience with an opening zinger.

  • Focus on one theme. A speech is like a song using a full orchestra. There are many different instruments but it has one dominant melody.

  • Use simple language. Toss out the beat - around -the bush jargon and pick up your pace with personal, colourful language.

  • Draw a picture in the listener's mind. Transform dry abstractions into powerful pictures

  • End with an emotion. Express feeling from the heart when you cap your speech.

  • Remember the following quote :
    Every time you speak, you are auditioning for leadership. (James C. Humes)