Lesson MMS-7

Welcome! Please consider how your attitude affects your and other students' experiences of the lesson. 

Be respectful, come prepared, and show interest to have the best possible educational experience. 

Lesson goals

Learn about ... and to ... and understand what ...

Lesson activities

Basic: warm-up

Intermediate: introduction lecture

Advanced: ...

During the course of this lesson, you will learn:

  • Identify Monroe's Motivated Sequence in speeches in order to improve listening comprehension.

  • Use Monroe's Motivated Sequence and inversions grammar to improve structure and formality.

  • Speak with varied, precise, correct vocabulary and grammar.

  • Discuss the positives and negatives related to your topic.

Lesson outline

Basic exercise: learning outcomes

Intermediate exercise: student examples

Advanced exercise: need and satisfaction

Exit ticket and homework

Basic exercise

Read the learning goals

Time for the activity: 5-10 minutes

I will look at four things while you speak:

  1. If you can show how to use MMS

  2. If you can use inversions correctly

  3. If you can vary your vocabulary and grammar

  4. If you discuss positives and negatives

Please see the rubrics (matris) for details.

Intermediate exercise

Read student examples and compare them with the learning outcomes

Time for the exercise: 10-20 minutes

In need of inspiration? Please look at the student examples and consider how you would assess them.

Please remember that some speeches might be great at one skill, but lack another.

Example speech: (No title)

Specific purpose: Convince the audience to give money to organizations that fights poverty

General purpose: Poverty and organizations that fights poverty


Attention: : 736 million people lives in extreme poverty, surviving on less than 1.90 dollar a day. That’s 10 percent of the world’s population and more than 70 times the population that lives in Sweden. Think about it.

Need: For every ten persons there’s one that won’t be able to get food for the day. This person can’t afford clothes or go to school. Of these 736 million people that lives in poverty 385 million is childrens. People are dying and they need help.


Satisfaction: Poverty is a big problem, but the extreme poverty has decreased. In 1981 there was 1.9 billion people that lived in extreme poverty. There’s some simple steps for action that you can take to be the change that you wish to see in your world. To give money to organizations that fights poverty is the easiest way to make an impact. Today there’s many organizations that works with these questions and the only thing you have to do is donate a little amount of money. Choosing to take action even in the smallest of ways will make a huge impact. By donating money and food to the people that really need it we are taking a step in the right direction to create a poverty-free world

Visualisation: So what would a poverty-free world look like? Well first of all everybody would be able to get food for the day and have somewhere to sleep. Everybody would be able to get education and a job. This is not just good for the individual, when everybody can work and make a living, people can help each other even more for a better future.


Action: You never know when you yourself might be in need one day. Today 736 million people lives in extreme poverty. 736 million too many. 385 million childrens. And we have the chance to be a part of the solution and maybe save a life or two. Take some time and think about this. You can be the difference between a life in poverty or a life that’s worth living for someone.

Example speech: All education should be free

Topic: All education should be free

Specific purpose: (Feke's note: missing)

General purpose: (Feke's note: missing)

Step 1: Attention. Select an Attention-grabber. 264 million children doesn’t have the chance to go to school. Education is a choice for some, while for others, school isn’t an option. Kids all around America can go to school, earn a degree in college, and even get a job. For most kids, education isn’t an option. They can’t go to school due to conflict, disaster, living conditions, and much more. All kids deserve educational opportunities no matter what gender, race, religion, they are. Many students around the country drop of school between the ages of sixteen to twenty four. Nearly 6.2 million students in the U.S. between the ages of 16 and 24 in 2007 dropped out of high school, which is more than 16 percent of all Americans in that age range.. This number is shocking. Who would have thought that 6.2 million kids dropped out of school?

The question is why? Kids drop out of school for many reasons. Some reasons are due to an illness, helping with the family, moving around too much, or they just don't really care. Everyone has a choice. Students don’t make the greatest choices for their education.

Step 2: Need. What is the problem? The problem is that not everyone has the opportunity to go to school for free or attend school at all. Money shouldn’t avoid people to go to school. People should not have to pay for education. If we didn't have education, we wouldn't be expressing our opinions in the first place. If we didn't have education, we wouldn't be able to even read what I just said. Not many people have a successful career in their lives, and if education is not free, they may not have the sufficient funds to help their children go to school. What this would mean is they may not get the skills they need for their future to find a job or even hope. Many people in Africa and other places which does not provide free education as a law, when asked, wished they had education.

Steg 3: Satisfaction. What is the solution? The government should take their responsibility and make education free. Government, business and civil society need to come together in a mature manner, beyond lip-service to deliver concrete and workable solutions to the country’s problems.

Step 4: Visualisation. What will it look like when we have solved the problem? College is a time where kids become adults. They learn what to do in the real world. For some, college is effortless, For others, college is a bumpy road the whole four years. People all around us struggle in something. Imagine if everybody have the opportunity to go at school, more people would be educated and in this way more people would get jobs. In conclusion, all kids deserve educational opportunities, no matter who they are or what they look like. Everyone's the same. Treat them the same. School decides what you are going to do with your life in the future, so that’s why everybody should have free education. If everyone had free education, maybe the world would be a better place.

Step 5: Action. What do we need to do? I'm so thankful that i have the opportunity to go to school everyday and get free food in school everyday. I hope everybody who have the opportunity to go to school for free is thankful for that.

Example speech: Just do it! Life's too short to think - just do it

Topic: Just do it! Life's too short to think - just do it.

Specific purpose: Step out of your comfort zone

General purpose: You are going to miss out about all of the good things in life if you don’t take that decision.

Step 1: Attention. Select an Attention-grabber.

I stand here today speaking to you about that life’s too short to think, you should just do it. But truth be told, I’m really bad at “just doing it”. Hopefully I’m going to listen to myself and start doing random things to go out of my comfort zone, to experience more in life and to not think about what everyone are going to think about me. For example, I should have said yes to go with them and to meet new people. I should have said yes to my friend and go to that party and just let everything around me disappear for a while. Even though I say yes to a lot of things, I’m constantly afraid of what people will think of me and that needs to STOP.

Step 2: Need. What is the problem?

The problem is that we never do those things who affect our lives, for example when you ask that really handsome boy or girl out. We are to afraid to stand out. All of us are afraid of doing something that is going to affect people around us. Either to affect their feelings or to change the way they think about you. You are afraid to not be loved. You’re afraid that people are going to talk shit about you. One thing I can tell you is that in your lifetime, people are going to talk shit about you and you are gonna have rough times in your life. Just remember who you are and stand up for yourself. Don’t let them take away your personality, don’t let them push you down, don’t let them think that they are better than you, because NO one will ever be that. We need to feel that rush in our body when we ask someone out. We need to feel that our heart beats so fast that it feels like it’s going to jump out of our body. Everyone needs to be more spontaneous in their lives.

Steg 3: Satisfaction. What is the solution?

We all are in this problem and this problem is bigger than we actually know. Problems are made to go away and this problem needs to go away right now. Therefore we need to stop caring about what people are going to think about us. We need to stop overthinking. The solution of this problem is to be brave. Start with the little things and take one step at a time.

Step 4: Visualisation. What will it look like when we have solved the problem?

When all of us realise that it’s not scary to stand out or to do the things we want to do, we are going to be the best version of our self. I think we are going to be more social in life and I also know that we are going to be happier and spread the big smile in your face over to someone else who is having a rough time. Sometimes you should just do it and think afterwards, or never think;) No matter what you do or who you are, people are always going to talk shit about you. Ignore them, do the things that make you happy and the things who bring out the best of you.

Step 5: Action. What do we need to do?

To summarise, I just want to say that we should encourage each other to step out of the comfort zone. Start saying yes to random things, and the most important one that I’m also going to take with me is to not think what the people around me says.

Ditch the friend who not let you do the things you want. Be yourself and try new things. When you do all of this, I promise you, you’re not going to miss out on the fun things you can do. “Just do it”.

Advanced exercise

You are going to hold a ~3-5 min motivational speech.

Please follow these steps. Today, focus on 3, 4 and 5:

  1. To begin with, select one of the four themes:

    • We need to write letters to strangers about …

    • Be uncomfortable and speak the truth about ...

    • Try … for 30 days.

    • Leave your comfort zone and believe that you can ...

  2. Secondly, you decide on a specific topic. Here you can enjoy great freedom!

  3. Thirdly, follow Monroe's Motivated Sequence according to the cue cards.

  4. Fourthly, use varied, precise, correct vocabulary and grammar.

    • Remember inversions and compound-complex sentences!

  5. Finally, discuss the positives and negatives related to your topic.

Download the checklist and cue card template on Unikum or click the link below.

Need and satisfaction

  • Your need should be a relatable problem.

  • A satisfaction provides the listeners with an encouraging solution to the need

Avoid passive words such as, think or consider.

Do you need to repeat inversions?

Watch the video or follow the link to read up on the grammar.


Carry on creating your speech.

Exit ticket

My need & satisfaction are ...