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Thinking and Speaking


Practical activities for the primary classroom

ISBN: 9781921613616
Code: TS0247


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This resource book provides many different ways for teachers to give the whole class challenging practice in thinking, speaking, discussing, debating and listening skills.

Subjects have been chosen to extend thinking skills, general knowledge, awareness of current affairs and social issues. They are designed to make students think, not to simply rehash information. The aim is to have every student speak as many times as possible, to build confidence and resilience. The oral work can be followed with class discussion, writing tasks or research projects.

Each section includes:

  • Teacher pages suggesting ways to guide students in the required skills
  • Lists of up to 30 topics at two levels – lower primary and upper primary
  • Posters for display which can be enlarged and put at the front of the room for reference, or placed within sight of a speaker if needed as a prompt
  • Student worksheets, to be copied and given for individual student use as needed

Pages: 90 | Ages: 5-11

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About the Author

Jenny Rudd O'Neill has been a teacher of English, history, drama, public speaking and debating for many years as well as working as a school librarian. She has taught in at schools country and city Australia as well as in England and the United States.

She trains students for speech competitions, teaches memoir and creative writing to adults and revels in having nine grandchildren under 10 who have sparked a special interest in primary education.

A life-long reader of everything possible, she loves theatre and historical research, particularly of Australian drama and geneology. She is a volunteer teacher of the new NSW Ethics course in primary schools.