The Power of Speech
High schoolers prepare and deliver a speech on equal rights. They explore equal rights issues as they practice the skills necessary for public speaking.
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Informative Speech Assignment
Allow your pupils to take on the role of the instructor with an informative speech that covers a new topic related to your unit of study or new information on a subject your class has already studied. Pupils fill out the provided outline...
8th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Analysis of Two Speeches
While learners only hear one speech, they set the stage for critical analysis and textual comparison. They discuss rhetoric, figurative language, and word choice as they listen to a civil rights speech read by John F. Kennedy. They...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
New Review Famous Speeches: Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream"
The 1963 March on Washington, powerfully punctuated by Martin Luther King's impassioned "I Have a Dream" speech, was instrumental in passing the Civil Rights Act just one year later. A reading assignment presents the written speech...
2nd - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Rhetorical Devices in Political Speeches
Have you ever watched a political speech and felt your heart beat a little faster, and your opinion either solidify or begin to slightly change? Rhetorical devices can be a strong tool in an effective and powerful speech. A short lesson...
9th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Find the Meaning: JFK's Inaugural Speech
Analyze a seminal speech from the 20th century with an activity focused on President John F. Kennedy's inaugural address. After reading an excerpt from the address, pupils use a worksheet to practice their reading comprehension skills...
9th - 11th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Andrew Jackson’s Speech to Congress on Indian Removal
How did President Andrew Jackson justify the removal of Native Americans from their homeland? After your young historians examine Jackson's speech to Congress in 1830 preceding the Indian Removal Act, they will then delve into text-based...
9th - 11th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Exploring the Power of Puns
Read and analyze a variety of Shakespearean and contemporary puns using Visual Thesaurus computer software. Middle and high schoolers analyze a pun as a class; in small groups they analyze a Shakespearean pun using contextual clues and...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
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...
11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable