Speak Up!

Submitted by: Cheryl Childers & Sharon House

Standard: 1d, 3b, 4c

Materials: Music CD from “Linking Up”
Lyrics for the song “Speak Up”

Time: 20 minutes

Goals: Students will talk about times they can/should speak up to make a positive difference.

Lesson Steps: Introduce the song by reading the lyrics together. First ask students to describe what they think the words “we need your voice” means. Have students talk about examples of things/times when they think things are not “fair.” (ie: recess time, lining up etc). Ask students what they think “follow your light” means. Ask students if they can name a person who has spoken up to make a difference. (ie: other students, teachers, people in history) Lastly, play the CD and sing along with “Speak Up!”

Assessment: At the start of this week, when the song is introduced, select 2-4 students a day to be the “Speak up” playground monitors. These students will listen/watch for students using their voices for good. They can take notes and report back each day after recess. The class will celebrate the positive ways each of them are using their voices. Teacher may use class grid to note information about students’ level of self awareness. If the same names keep coming up, the teacher would be aware of who needs more instruction in the area of personal responsibility, social awareness and management.


Speak Up
Speak up, we need your voice.
Speak up, we need your voice.
Speak up, we need your voice
in our world.

Speak up when something’s not fair.
Speak up and show that you care.
Speak up when something’s not right.
Speak up and follow your light.

Speak up, we need your voice.
Speak up, we need your voice.
Speak up, we need your voice
ringing strong... Speak up!