If you want to use TEDTalks in your classroom but aren’t sure how to make them work, help has arrived!

Click here to grab a free copy of the worksheet mentioned at the end of the video. TED’s YouTube channel is here and the education branch is here.

Whenever I teach public speaking, I use TEDTalk curator Chris Anderson’s article, “How to Give a Killer Presentation,” and follow up with a viewing of the Richard Turere speech discussed in the article. Click here for the questions I use with Anderson’s article. (Tip: Be sure to turn on the closed captioning option when viewing Turere’s speech.)

Tell me, which TEDTalks work best in your classes? Scroll down to the “Leave a Reply” box and let your fellow teachers know which ones you love. What texts or units do you pair them with? Extra credit if you include the link!

Teach on, everyone.

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Join the conversation! 6 Comments

  1. I LOVE to use this one with Of Mice and Men (relating to Lenny’s need for soft things, and further connecting to the underlying theme of loneliness of all characters in the book….touch is touch, even when Crooks is fighting in the bunkhouse and Curley’s wife is letting Lenny stroke her hair).


  2. Great connection, Beth! I hadn’t seen this one before and definitely need to fold it into my next go-around with OMM. It made me think of a study of newborns I read about a while ago; if they aren’t cuddled, they’ll whither and even die. We need that physical connection.

    Okay, guys, who’s next? 🙂


  3. I teach 8th grade health and begin my dating relationship unit with Leslie Morgan-Steiner’s Crazy Love TED talk


  4. With a teenager in my house, I definitely need to check that one out, Patricia! Thanks for sharing. 🙂


  5. I use Akala’s Hip Hop Shakespeare TED talk (first 10 min usually) as one resource (along with four shorts texts) for a lesson in which students are determining Shakespeare’s relevance in modern culture. This was in a 6th grade class. The kids loved it and even though they knew he couldn’t see them, they raised their hands and participated with the audience.

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  6. Oh my gosh, Traci! That is SO cute. Love those littles! 🙂


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