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

Enduring Understandings:
  • 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

Essential Questions:
  • 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.

Common Assessment:
  • Compose and deliver a speech OR participate in a debate.