A topic that shares a special skill or speaks about current or national events, or even an interesting biographical factoid, makes a good ninth-grade speech topic. Perhaps the student has a talent in web design or surfing, or wants to educate his or her fellow classmates on United States military presence overseas. Another option is to make the speech biographical in nature and talk about an interesting relative or a favorite vacation spot.
It is normal to feel nervous at the idea of speaking in front of a group of people. To ease the butterflies, the student should choose a topic with which he or she is comfortable. From there, he or she can outline the main points of the topic, do research and write out the speech.
To grab and keep an audience's attention, there are four points to keep in mind: appropriate, audience, practice and passion. First, the student should be sure the speech is appropriate, staying away from anything that is derogatory or offensive. The speaker also needs to keep the demographics of their audience in mind. For example, ninth graders may not be interested in the ins and outs of the stock market. The old adage of "practice makes perfect" is especially true when giving speeches. Practicing in front of a mirror can help ensure a flawless delivery. Finally, the student should pick a topic that he or she is passionate about. This passion will transfer to a riveting and interesting speech.