PROJECT DESCRIPTION – Biography Unit
Students read a novel and researched the life of a famous person. They also wrote a poem and created a timeline of a famous person’s life. To meet the Oral Language SOL 7.2, students are asked to dress up as the famous person and talk to the class about interesting details of his/her life and the person’s major contributions to society.
Ideas & Content (Score 4) _____
The speaker’s message is clear,
• has clear main ideas and purpose.
• has supporting details that go with the
• makes adequate connections or
• uses resources, when appropriate, to
• is successful in fitting ideas and details to the audience and purpose.
Organization (Score 4) _____
The organization is easy to follow but may seem stilted, overly obvious, or not consistently effective. The communication has:
• an effective introduction that brings the
• a clear organizational structure that is relatively easy to follow.
• transitions that work, but that may be
• details that fit within a planned structure.
• a planned conclusion that may lack
Language (Score 4) _____
The language is original, functional and appropriate to audience and purpose. The intended message is conveyed clearly, but word choice may be somewhat lacking in vividness, precision, or interest. The communication is characterized by:
• words that work but do not create a strong impact.
• attempts at colorful language that
• slang or jargon that, if used, does not
• competent, practiced use of the technical language necessary to make the content of the speech clear.
• grammar and usage that are usually correct
Delivery (Score 4) _____
The speaker demonstrates control of technique. Minor weaknesses, while perhaps noticeable, do not detract from the message and purpose. The communication is characterized by:
• eye contact that is present but may not be made consistently with all members of the audience.
• mostly clear enunciation and correct
• effective rate, volume, tone, and voice
• generally fluent delivery.
• appropriate use of nonverbal techniques (i.e., facial expressions, gestures, body movements, stage presence) that helps convey the message.
Miss Clark & Mrs. Hogsett