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You're Hired!

Catyn Coburn

Description

Students analyze famous speeches and create a speech of their own that represents the feelings, perceptions, and beliefs of others.

Objectives

The student understands specific ways in which language has shaped the reactions, perceptions, and beliefs of the local, national, and global communities.

The student understands the subtleties of literary devices and techniques in the comprehension and creation of communication.

Materials

-Internet access
-Audio-recorded presidential speeches
-Video-recorded presidential speeches
-A minimum of four examples of famous historical presidential speeches
-Highlighters

Preparations

1. Gather materials needed
2. Schedule time for research in the Media Center and computer lab.

Procedures

Authentic Context:
You have been hired as a script writer for the President of the United States. As preparation for this job, you will do an Internet search on famous speeches that have shaped the reactions, perceptions, and beliefs of the nation. You will analyze one of the speeches you find, determine the audience for whom it is written, identify literary devices, and then write a script for the President to use when addressing the nation on a topic of national interest. Your speech must appeal to many factions; use homilies and other references to sectional interests and language.

Knowledge/Skills:
Students will be able to write a speech and relate that speech to the reactions, perceptions and beliefs of others.


Procedure:
1. Teacher provides class an example of a famous speech from the past (for example, John F. Kennedyís first inaugural address).
2. As a class, teacher and students analyze the speech line by line, highlighting words or phrases that shape the reactions, perceptions, and beliefs of the reader/listener.
3. Teacher reviews rubric with the class to help students understand project expectations.
4. Students go to Internet lab to find appropriate web sites containing famous speeches of the past.
5. Students select one speech to print and analyze.
6. Students highlight literary devices including metaphors, similes, emotional words, sensory words, propaganda words, to provide insight to the speakerís motives and opinions.
7. Students must include a minimum of 3-5 devices in their own speeches.
8. Speeches must be word-processed and one to three pages long.

Assessments

RUBRIC

Excellent .............................................................Not Yet
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Content - 90%

Literary devices are highlighted accurately in the chosen speech
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Speech effectively includes 3-5 (each):
-similes
-metaphors
-analogies
-emotional words
-sensory words
-propaganda words
5...............4...............3...............2...............1...............0

Literary devices are accurately highlighted and labeled in original speech
5...............4...............3...............2...............1...............0

Speech follows topic
5...............4...............3...............2...............1...............0

Speech appeals to different interest groups in the country
5...............4...............3...............2...............1...............0

Speech is concise
5...............4...............3...............2...............1...............0

Speech uses proper mechanics
5...............4...............3...............2...............1...............0

Speech is 1-3 pages long
5...............4...............3...............2...............1...............0

Speech is word -processed
5...............4...............3...............2...............1...............0

Self-Assessment - 10%

What elements did you incorporate into the creation of your speech that would encourage the nation to believe in the president and to make your speech a memorable one?

Extensions

Enhancement:
-Students videotape a speech presentation.
-Students participate in a mock press conference with the class acting as questioning reporters.
-Students write a speech for the President in the year 2050 predicting what types of problems the nation might face.
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