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Speaking on My Feet



Speaking on My Feet
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.19

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    evidently, impromptu, improv, improvise, roaches, theatres, definitely, mysterious, subject, several, speech, idea, encouragement, camp, speak, doing
     content words:    Evidently Melissa, Disney World, Mount Trashbag


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Speaking on My Feet
By Beth Beutler
  

1     "But I'm not prepared!" I said.
 
2     "That's the idea!" Melissa replied. "We are going to do impromptu speeches today."
 
3     "What does that mean?"
 
4     "It means that we will each be given a subject and have to give a two or three minute speech about it."
 
5     "But I won't be prepared!" I whined.
 
6     "I told you—that's the idea. It will show us how to think on our feet. In some theatres, it is called ‘improvisation' or improv. You have to improvise or speak spontaneously without preparation. It can also be called ‘extemporaneous.' It's fun!"
 
7     I didn't think it sounded so fun. Evidently Melissa thought it was a blast. I was pretty nervous when I got to class.
 
8     The teacher passed out a basket filled with little pieces of paper. We each drew out a piece. Mine said, "make up a story about a trip you will be taking to a place not thought of as a vacation spot."

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