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Units of Study -
Unit 1: SAT Practice
Unit 2: The College Essay
Unit 3: The College Process
Unit 4: Investigating Rhetorical Patterns
Unit 5: Narrative Non-Fiction
Unit 6: Speeches
Unit 7: Writing the Persuasive Essay
Unit 8: Analyzing Fiction
Unit 9: Life Beyond Morgan
UNIT 6: Speeches
Resources: American Reader, 6 Minutes website, Great American Speeches website, YouTube, 100 Speeches of the 20th Century website, Great American Documents speeches, Rhetorical Devices: A Handbook and Activities for Student Writers by Brendan McGuigan
Rhetorical appeals, strategies and devices enhance the spoken word.
Awareness of logical fallacies
A speech must appeal to the interests of the audience.
Practice and the study of great speeches will help a student create a memorable, meaningful speech.
The parameters of a formal debate
What are the criteria for effective public speaking?
How does the intended audience affect the tone and the appeal of a speech?
What are logical fallacies?
How is delivery of a speech perfected?
What are the parameters of a formal debate?
Students will be able to identity and employ the following rhetorical devices: anadiplosis, anaphora, antithesis, chiasmus, apostrophe, parallel structure, rule of threes.
Investigate logical fallacies.
Find examples of exceptional speeches to analyze and to share with the class.
Watch, discuss and analyze speeches delivered by Martin Luther King, Steve Jobs, Randy Pausch, and other Ted Talk speeches.
Choose a topic for a speech for their classmates.
Write a speech; present the speech to peers in a writing workshop, revise the speech
Analyze the rhetoric employed in the speech and explain why it is effective.
Practice presenting the speech to peers and family members.
Deliver the speech.
Compose and deliver a speech OR participate in a debate.
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