Mrs. Graves' 6th Grade

Current Events Research & Speech

This picture shows the white sands of Orange Beach, Alabama, covered in oil in late June.
(See more oil spill photos from the October issue of National Geographic magazine.) Photograph by Tyrone Turner, National Geographic.

Current Events Research & Speech
Every two weeks (approximately), students will present a short current events speech to the class. This activity promotes social awareness of events happening locally, regionally, nationally, and globally, as well as strengthens skills in writing, reading comprehension, reading fluency, speaking and critical thinking.  Grades for this assignment will be listed under Social Studies in the Moodle grade book and will also count toward the Speaking grade on report cards

The due dates for all speeches are listed below. Students must submit the research form (see below) the morning of the due date and speeches will be presented that day. Students will be able to use their research form as a guide when presenting their speech to the class. Speeches should last for no more than 3 minutes. For the first due date, research will be conducted at school so students have the opportunity to learn research techniques and how to complete the research form. 

Click HERE to dowload a Microsoft Word Document with the Research Form, Rubric, and Example.

Research Forms/Speech Due Dates**:
Oct. 1, Oct. 15, Nov. 5, Nov. 19, Dec. 3, Jan. 14, Jan. 28, Feb. 11, Feb. 25, Mar. 11, Mar. 25, Apr. 8, Apr. 22, Jun. 3, Jun. 17
**Note: These dates are all Fridays and may be shifted due to holidays or other unforeseen events such as field trips. Students will be notified in advance of date changes.

Suggested Sources (look for meaningful, interesting events):
Time For Kids (
National Public Radio (
LA Times Newspaper (
ABC News (
National Geographic (

Current Events Speech Template
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