You will understand how the structure and language of a speech is crafted. You will apply this understanding by writing your own speech.  The speeches we will be using as our mentor texts will mostly relate to the history and time period of To Kill A Mockingbird, but the subject of your speech will be something you are passionate about. So, you should start thinking about possible subjects now - our quick writes will offer you opportunities to brainstorm potential ideas.

The path of discovery

Big picture

  • Examining the structure of a speech  

    • Nancy Duarte

  • Examples of speeches (mentor texts)

  • do they fit this pattern?

    • whole class

    • individual choice


  • Characteristics of the Language of a speech

    • repetition,

    • simile/metaphor,

    • direct address

      • rhetorical questions,

      • inclusive language,

    • emotive/judgmental adjectives/adverbs,

    • contrast (comparing one situation to another),

    • allusion

  • Socratic Seminar to consolidate what we have learned so far

    • Q: what makes a speech powerful?

X marks the spot

Evidence of learning - deliver a speech to your classmates on a subject of your choice.  Although you will be required to submit a written version of the speech, you will be assessed on the performance, not the writing.  See rubric for criteria.