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Basic 2: Narrative Presentation

Objective: To evaluate your ability to describe life experiences and narrate past events. You will give the audience a
clear understanding of something meaningful that happened in your life. This will take the form of a story.

Task: Describe a significant life experience and include the following information:

o Who was involved?

o What happened?
o When did the events take place?
o Where did the events take place?
o Why was this experience important in your life?

Choosing a Story to Tell:

You will talk about an interesting or meaningful life experience. This should be something that happened in your own
life. Your story should engage and interest the audience.

A good story usually shows transformation or change. Your story might explain:

o An experience that changed you

o An experience that helped you solve a difficult problem
o An experience that taught you something valuable
o An experience that helped you make a difficult decision

Telling Your Story:

A. Begin by telling the audience the background information they need to understand the story
B. Describe the action or event that started the story
C. Carefully take the audience through the actions and events of the story
I. Be sure to use the correct verb tenses for past actions
II. Be sure to use time phrases (then, after that, several days later, etc.) to help the audience
understand the sequence of events
D. Describe how the story ended and how it made an impact on your life

Time: Minimum 2 minutes; Maximum 4 minutes.

*You can use photos or other visuals, but you will only be graded on your speaking skills.

The date of your presentation: ___________________

Name ____________________________________ Final Score: ______/100

Content goals: _____/ 40

Clearly describes the people and setting of the story 0 1 3 5 7 10
Contains specific, interesting details 0 1 3 5 7 10
Clearly describes why this story was personally meaningful 0 1 3 5 7 10
Clearly describes the actions or events 0 1 3 5 7 10

Organization: _____/ 15
Introduces sufficient background information to understand the story 0 1 3 5
Time phrases help audience understand the sequence and timing of events 0 1 3 5
Story has an identifiable beginning, middle, and end 0 1 3 5

Grammar: _____/ 30
Uses accurate verb tenses and verb forms 0 1 3 5 7 10
Uses accurate vocabulary; range of vocab allows for clear expression 0 1 3 5 7 10
Overall grammar structures accurate enough to allow clear expression 0 1 3 5 7 10

Pronunciation: _____/ 15
Accurate syllable stress and speech sounds 0 1 3 5
Rate and volume of speech doesn’t interfere with clarity 0 1 3 5
Speaks naturally; doesn’t read presentation; uses notes for support only 0 1 3 5

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