American Voices and Their Audiences

This American Voices and Their Audiences unit plan also includes:

Those new to teaching an AP level language and composition prep course and seasoned veterans will find much to treasure in a unit that is designed to help young language scholars develop the skills they need to analyze the language speakers use to engage their audiences. The text of speeches by Jonathan Edwards, Henry David Thoreau, and Frederick Douglass to the words of Will Rogers, George Patton, and Malcolm X, are presented for class members to annotate and analyze. What a great addition to any curriculum library.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the packet early in the first semester of an AP Language and Composition course to model how to approach the analysis required for the exam
Classroom Considerations
  • Although designed for AP classes, many of the lessons in the unit packet are appropriate for general language arts classes as well
  • Includes a table of contents to simplify finding specific lessons in the 107-page packet
  • The packet also contains an annotated glossary of frequently used literary terms, directions for the oral presentation, AP style writing prompts, and a scored model essay
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