The tools below can be used throughout Project Soapbox:
Instructional Strategies: One of Mikva’s veteran teachers, Heather Van Benthuysen, created this video of tips and strategies for using Soapbox in your classroom.
American Rhetoric: This website includes a database of and index to 5000+ full text, audio, and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events.
Toastmasters: This site provides public speaking tips and techniques.
Top 10 Greatest Speeches: Time magazine provides the full text and the “best line” of ten notable speeches in history.
Writing Commons: The Writing Commons is a free, global, peer-reviewed, open-education resource that describes the many aspects of writing and delivering an effective speech including audience analysis, the importance of listening, finding a purpose, selecting a topic, writing the speech, the importance of language, and delivering the speech.
55 Speeches by Influential People of the 21st Century: This collection of speeches by influential people spotlights a number of individuals who have impacted society, specifically during the 21st century.
One of the best ways to improve your students’ public speaking ability is to film them (or have them film each other) giving their speeches. Have your students watch themselves and use the Project Soapbox Speech Rubric to evaluate their speeches.