Level: minimum high beginner, no maximum


Apply basic teaching strategies, target audience needs and interests, use specialized vocabulary and clear transitions, keep audience engaged, use persuasive language, match verbal explanations with graphic organizers, provide closure, use intonation and rhythm for emphasis.


Teach classmates a three-minute or a five-minute mini-lesson.


  1. Pick a topic.
  2. Interview each of your classmates to find out what each already knows about your topic. Make and use a classmate roster.
  3. You may address the following steps in any order that works for you.
  4. Write your objective in a sentence, for example: "At the end of this lesson, you will have a better understanding of human behavior and how some psychologists think." You will write this out eventually for your audience.
  5. If you can, find a visual aid, such as a diagram, flow chart, or graph that will help your audience see relationships among the parts of the whole.
  6. Make a list of special terms to teach your audience.
  7. Formulate at least one question about each point that you will make. You will ask these questions to introduce your points.
  8. Prepare a summary activity that involves your audience. You could write a short paragraph with blanks for them to fill in. You could give a three-question quiz. You could have them try to redraw your visual aid from memory.
  9. Write a brief outline of your presentation that you will share with your audience.
  10. Write a detailed outline of your presentation that you will memorize and keep on hand during your presentation in case you need it.
  11. You will earn one point for each of the above items you successfully complete. Your classmates will provide you with feedback based on the above criteria.
  12. Your teacher could use the above instructions as a checklist in determining your final grade.