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Teacher Resources for Oral Communication Strategies
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Book Suggestions: Books about Listening and Public Speaking
These are just a few of books listed in the UCDSB Destiny Catalogue. They may not be available in your particular school. Feel free to contact your Learning Commons Informationist for assistance in obtaining these materials.
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communication, language, public speaking, listening
Publication Date: 1983-06-03
Little Gabby, a Furry Eyeful, just loves to talk. However, her constant babbling is driving her friends crazy and driving them away. She becomes sad and lonely until she meets a special friend who listens, understands, and explains.
Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen by
Publication Date: 2006-04-01
For ages 4-7. Imagine how much easier life would be if children listened better. Meet Howard B Wigglebottom, a curious rabbit who just doesn't listen! This new illustrated book, has been created to help children improve their listening skills and pay attention. Educators, parents, and children alike will laugh and learn as Howard B Wigglebottom learns to listen.
Listen Buddy by
Publication Date: 1995-09-25
Buddy's father had a beautiful big nose. He was a great sniffer. Buddy's mother had beautiful big teeth. She was a great chomper. Buddy had beautiful big ears. It didn't matter. Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger have created eight children's books together. Munsinger's unparalleled animal characters and Lester's hysterical text have joined together to create another silly tale about a bunny who just can't seem to listen.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by
Publication Date: 2006-02-14
A timeless tale by the incomparable Kate DiCamillo, complete with stunning full-color plates by Bagram Ibatoulline, honors the enduring power of love. "Someone will come for you, but first you must open your heart. . . ." Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who treated him with the utmost care and adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost. Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to the fireside of a hoboes' camp, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. And along the way, we are shown a true miracle — that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.
101 Ways to Speak in Front of Your Whole Class by
Publication Date: 1998-08-01
Conquer your fear of public speaking! Most people dread the thought of speaking in public, but it's a valuable skill to learn. This book is packed with lots of useful tips to help students become better public speakers. The text is divided into chapters that touch on the following, in-class oral reports; science fair projects overcoming stage fright relaxation techniques; different types of speeches; and impromptu speaking.
Arthur Meets the President by
Publication Date: 1997-09-01
For use in schools and libraries only. Marc Brown's stories and drawings tell about Arthur's experiences at home, at school, and at camp. Each story promotes kindness, responsibility, and cooperation.
Making Speeches by
Publication Date: 2003-04-29
Writing and presenting speeches is a core skill, not only for school but in adult life. Give your students grounding in this important learning objective in Making Speeches. The books in this series guide students through a step-by-step process to plan, write, and present speeches of various types. Students will learn how to give speeches that inform, persuade, entertain, or demonstrate. They will select topics, formulate outlines and speech plans, and even learn how to evaluate their own work after the speech is presented. Making Speeches offers a great way to give students the confidence to create and present effective speeches. This essential skill will aid them throughout their education and beyond.
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