April was such a busy, rewarding and exciting month! The students in grades 6-8 worked very hard on researching, writing, and presenting speeches for our classroom, school and district contests. Our school participates in the Modern Woodmen of America's school speech contest. Each year we are provided with a topic and guidelines for presenting speeches. Students then participate in a classroom contest where the top finishers move on to a school contest. The top three finishers of this contest move on to a district competition. This year we competed with Ellsworth, Lamoine, and Hancock. The topic this year was "Hunger in America". This topic proved to be challenging, but in the end the 6-8th grade students prepared wonderful speeches. During this unit students learn how to narrow a large topic, choose topics based on their audience, research information, and write this research into their own words. They also learn how to add emotion to their writing. They also study the skills of public speaking. They focus on their tone, rate of speaking, pronunciation and enunciation. Many students begin this unit with apprehension, but by the end most are so proud of their work!