Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Speaking of Women
The Royal Commission on the Status of Women responded to many issues that affected women across the country. In this activity, students will have the opportunity to examine, in-depth, an issue of particular interest to them. Consider inviting an activist, politician, or community leader to speak to students about women's issues.
Students will listen to the clip 'Status of Aboriginal women' on the topic Equality First: The Royal Commission on the Status of Women, on the CBC Digital Archives, to hear an eloquent speech about the status of Aboriginal women.
Then, students can either refer to the list of issues they created in the activity What Women Want, or browse the topic to list issues that were the focus of the Commission. Students will choose one issue of interest to them and complete in-depth research. Students will write and present a persuasive speech about the issue they have chosen.
Students should make clear notes as they research. Students should begin their research online, but can use any other resources that they find helpful.
You may choose to teach or review the format for speech-writing if necessary. Students' final product should be appropriate for the audience (teacher and classmates). Encourage students to rehearse their speech before presenting it. They can have their speech peer-edited and make any revisions necessary.
students present their speech to the class. Speakers should be prepared to
support their opinions and to answer questions posed by their classmates.