Prepare a 3 to 5-minute speech that is a story about something that happened to you and is not generally known by others. Your story might be humorous, serious, or somewhere in between. It might be about something that happened recently or about an event from your past.

As you prepare your speech, think about how to tell the story so that your audience can easily follow what you are saying. We tell most stories in chronological order, introducing people in the story as they make their appearance in the events. You can help your audience follow your story if you chunk in two, three, or four sequential parts, similar to the chapters of a book.

Make sure that your story is appropriate for the classroom.

Your story should be at least three double-spaced pages.

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