Teaching Oratory

Podium Points

Learn tips and tricks used to master public-speaking skills. In this video, you will learn how to strengthen your verbal skills to be a stronger, more confident orator.

Since 2011, the Ford’s Theatre National Oratory Fellows program has worked with teachers across the country to bring public speaking and performance into grades 5-8 through a framework that enlivens history and English Language Arts learning. 

Here, any teacher can draw on the knowledge of our teaching artists and oratory fellows. You can teach all of the lessons or choose what works for your needs. All lessons are primarily written for grades 5-10, but we give you tips to differentiate. 


Original Speech Writing Using Podium Points

Students write eight original speeches. Rubrics and examples included. Each speech performance focuses on using two Podium Points (elements of effective public speaking).