Schools often ask each grade or class to make a presentation for other teachers and students during an assembly time. Apply creativity and imagination to make your assembly presentation stand out from the rest. Making it memorable will help get your message across clearly and leave your audience with a good sense of the topic.
Drama works well if you have a message about an ethical or moral issue. For example, you may have to do a presentation about bullying. Create a short play about a bully whose behaviour ends when others decide to stand up for the bullied person, or a drama about how the victim overcomes fear to tell her parents and teachers about what's happening. Your performance might inspire students to stand up for themselves or take action to prevent bullying.
If you have a lot of facts to share in your presentation, liven it up by presenting it as a TV quiz show. You'll need a host to ask the questions and a variety of contestants to give the answers. The more funny and interesting the characters, the better the audience will remember the information. For example, have one particularly goofy contestant who keeps giving silly answers, only to be contradicted by the host, who provides the facts. Perhaps quiz the audience at the end to see what they have learnt.
With modern digital technology, long, boring lectures are a thing of the past. Instead of reading for 10 minutes from an essay you wrote about helping the environment, use a PowerPoint slide show to show clippings from headlines and news reports about environmental issues. Instead of just talking about friendship, show a clip from your favourite movie about friendship, such as "E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial" or "Toy Story." To discuss war and world peace, play an audio clip from the John Lennon song "Imagine," or if you can carry a tune, sing it yourself. Combine two or three of the above if you like, showing clips or images with an accompanying soundtrack to illustrate your topic.
Star Guest Appearance
For a presentation on a famous person or historical figure, stage an interview to help your audience find out more. You'll need someone with a bit of acting talent to take the main role --- whether Abraham Lincoln, Edgar Allan Poe or President Obama --- and one or more interviewers. For more variety, open up the question time to the audience. You can always plant students around the room to ask interesting questions that will reveal fascinating facts about the person.
Interactive Presentation Ideas
Involving others in your presentation always helps them remember the experience. Ways to get other students to interact include having a contest related to your theme. In a presentation about healthy eating, for instance, blindfold three volunteers and make them guess common household foods in a tasting game. Give health facts about each item after a correct guess. Alternatively, give everyone "Yes" and "No" cards to hold up in a quiz, or vote on the best answer to a moral dilemma.