"Just SO" speech example
Have the students time you as you read these at a comfortable speed.
Slug RacesSlug races were first dreamed up by a bunch of early settlers on Mars because
there simply wasn't anything else to do in their spare time. At first the races were limited to
slugs no more than 3 months old or longer than 5 feet, but the rules were soon changed to include
adult slugs in order that the settlers could ride their own slugs in the races. The contests
became so popular that when visitors to the Mars station saw them, they took the idea back to
Earth with them as well as some Martian slug eggs to grow their own slugs with.
(For this one, first give the topic "Coin Stretchers," ask the students to think for a few
seconds on the topic and then point out the direction the speech actually takes, i.e., that
coins are not being stretched but are instead being carried on stretchers.
Coin StretchersOnce upon a time in Money Town there was a penny named Bob who lived
under a cash register in a restaurant and who loved to roll around the counters at night. Well,
one especially dark night after the restaurant closed he rolled into a spot of butter carelessly
left on the sandwich counter by the cleanup crew and he slipped right off the edge and fell into
a box of toothpicks where he was stuck right through the edge by one of them. His nickel and
dime buddies came immediately to his rescue and fashioned a stretcher to carry him on from two
of the toothpicks and a bit of napkin. From then on, they kept their coin stretcher on hand in
case of emergency. And that's how coin stretchers were invented.
Broken SocksBroken socks were first found on the skeleton of a cave man way back in
1986 when it was found in a cave in New York. Broken socks could be used as pillows for your
pets if you had no other use for them or to wrap breakable items in when you send them off
as Christmas presents to distant relatives. Broken socks can be turned in at your friendly
downtown sock store for a brand new pair of unbroken ones every Thursday night between 6:30
and 7:00 in June. It is best to wait until both of your socks are broken before trying to
turn them in and if possible, wash all the broken pieces first, being especially careful
not to lose any of the threads of the ankle pieces as they are, it turns out, the most
valuable parts of broken socks as they can be turned into wrist bands.
(Point out that "Broken Socks" rambles and has no particular theme, but that that is not at
all necessary for this "stream of consciousness" exercise.)
Final note to teachers
There is no reason why the same topic could not be given to 2 different students, as long as
sufficient time (perhaps a different day) has elapsed.