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A Famous Speech
Students explore the rules of direct/indirect narration. They identify and use proper punctuation marks in a given write-up and change the narration according to the rules.
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TOPPS—Presidential Inaugural Speeches
Analyze the inaugural speeches of selected presidents in this primary source analysis lesson. Middle schoolers collaborate to analyze an excerpt from Lyndon B. Johnson's inaugural speech and evaluate the speaker's argument, determining...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History
Express Yourself Lesson Seed 14: Dedication
Connect Martin Luther King Jr's famous speech, "I Have a Dream," to The Cay by Theodore Taylor. Taylor refers to the speech in his dedication, which creates a natural segue into talking about the speech and how it relates to the novel....
6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
PAPA Analysis of Speeches
Start this speech analysis lesson by demonstrating annotation as you show the class Jimmy Valvano's famous ESPY speech (linked). There are questions for you here, but consider also creating a graphic organizer for note-taking. The...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Ethos, Logos, & Pathos in Civil Rights Movement Speeches
Examine three speeches while teaching Aristotle's appeals. Over the course of three days, class members fill out a graphic organizer about ethos, pathos, and logos, complete an anticipatory guide, read speeches by Martin Luther King Jr.,...
7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
My Famous Person Report
Here is a must-have, comprehensive resource of project guidelines for any teacher looking to assign a famous person report or biography project. It includes a fantastic list of suggested activities that learners can complete for their...
4th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
"Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" Speech
What kind of rhetorical devices did Patrick Henry use in his famous speech that convinced the colony of Virginia to organize a militia and fight in the American Revolution? Pupils analyze the speech text and then discuss what it takes to...
7th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Martin Luther King, Jr's, I Have A Dream Speech
Eighth graders display their understanding of the symbolism and references that Dr. King used to enrich his famous speech on August 28, 1963 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, by constructing a jackdaw: a collection of documents and...
8th English Language Arts
Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have A Dream" Speech
Invite your class to investigate racism and civil rights by analyzing the great Dr. Martin Luther King's speech. Your learners will read the words from the "I Have a Dream" speech and analyze the political and racial overtones. They will...
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Remembrance of Things Past
Engage critical and social thinking by exploring the value of language and word choice. The class considers the article "The Silence of the Historic Present" and analyzes several presidential speeches. They engage in class discussion,...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable