Speech in the Virginia Convention

“. . .different men often see the same subject in different lights. . .” but the great orator Patrick Henry used all the skills at his command to craft a speech to convince listeners to see things as he did--that liberty was worth dying for. Show your class members how to analyze this famous speech.  A list of questions asks them to examine Henry’s diction, syntax, figurative language, and imagery. In addition, they look at the rhetorical devices, cadence, and theme. Consider having groups examine several aspects of the speech and report their findings to the whole class. For independent practice, individuals then examine the speeches of other famous orators.

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11th - 12th
English Language Arts
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