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Eighth graders analyze historical abolitionist speeches to gain knowledge of the social, economic and political effects of institutional racism and discrimination. They write an essay analyzing an abolitionist speech. Pupils write about the speech that they researched that an abolitionist gave.
Practice writing a speech by analyzing examples. Middle schoolers research the six steps needed to write an extemporaneous speech by reading a portion of Oral Presentations Made Easy. They write and deliver a speech in front of their class, which is later critiqued by their peers.
Students write their own speech about their hopes and dreams and deliver it to the class. In this "I Have a Dream" lesson, students create a speech using the Martin Luther King, Jr. speech as a model and for inspiration. Students deliver their speeches to the class, who will critique and evaluate the speeches.
Tenth graders present to the class an event or experience in which they participated. They use descriptive language to convey relevant information about the event through speech and visual aids. Pupils watch the evening news and analyze the stories to determine the best.
Do your budding writers describe the style of the authors under study as “good” or “pretty good” or “I like how he or she describes stuff”? Then it’s time for a change. Learners collaborate and arrange their studied authors along a line that ranges their styles from ornate to plain. They also categorize a method of comparison that will allow them to describe an author's writing style through length of sentence, vocabulary, figures of speech, frequency, types of allusions, and syntax. Finally, they are given a list of metaphors to choose from that helps them describe the style of their chosen author. Supplemental information and assessment criteria are available.
Can history be rewritten? Or, more precisely, is history documented accurately? High school juniors and seniors compare primary source material with secondary sources. For example, they compare President Roosevelt's December 29, 1940 fireside chat with a summary of the speech. Do they align? What things are different? Great examples are chosen for this activity!
What's the best vacation you've ever been on? What was your craziest dream? This plan details a wonderful activity that encourages youngsters to partake in public speaking and/or4 giving a speech. An effective blackline master is available in the plan, and it helps each speaker design what they want to say, tailor it to their audience, and stay on topic.
“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your. country.” Did you know that John Kenneth Galbraith, Adlai Stevenson, and Theodore Sorensen helped John F. Kennedy craft his 1961 inaugural address? Learners not only examine the rhetorical devices JFK employed in his speech, but also analyze the suggestions made by Galbraith and Stevenson and compare these suggestions to the delivered version. Teacher and student copies of the worksheets are included in a richly detailed plan that deserves a spot in your curriculum library.
Free speech, privacy, and cyberbullying are the focus of a series of activities that cause class members to engage in discussions about these interrelated topics. They view a segment from PBS’s “Cyberbullying—Effects on Teens Across the Nation,” read articles about teens who committed suicide, and discuss the motivations of key players in several scenarios. A powerful topic sensitively handled.
What would it have been like to have heard the debate on the issue of slavery at the Constitutional Convention of 1787? With this resource, you are given the opportunity to read through a reconstruction of speeches on the topic with your class. After assigning your class members roles in the debate, read through the transcript together and ask guiding questions along the way to clarify the different arguments that are being raised.