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Analyzing a Speech Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan uses a discussion, activity, quiz, and extension to teach your students what to look out for when analyzing a speech for its effectiveness.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify what major parts of a speech they should analyze
  • understand how to analyze a speech

Length

30-60 minutes without the activity

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.2

Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.3

Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, identifying any fallacious reasoning or exaggerated or distorted evidence.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.6

Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. (See grades 9-10 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations.)

Instructions

Warm Up

  • Warm-up the class with a couple of questions:
    • Have you ever given a speech before? If so, what kind of speech was it?
    • Can you name a famous person (historical or contemporary) who was/is a good public speaker?

Discussion

  • Play the video lesson Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Speech.
  • Use the following questions to challenge your students' knowledge of the lesson's content:
    • What is a speech?
    • What are speeches written for?
    • What's the purpose of the introduction of a speech?
    • What is a hook?
    • What does the body of a speech contain?
    • What does the conclusion try to achieve?
  • Ask if any students have any remaining questions before continuing.

Quiz

  • Have each student take the lesson quiz as an in-class activity.
  • Review the questions and answers as a class.

Activity

  • Group students into pairs or small groups.
  • Students should practice analyzing a speech by finding a video and transcript of any famous speech they want. For instance:
    • MLK's 'I Have a Dream' speech
    • FDR's 'Infamy' speech
    • JFK's 'We choose to go to the moon…' speech
  • They must highlight (if appropriate) and analyze the speech's:
    • Purpose
    • Target audience
    • Introduction
    • Body
    • Conclusion
    • Effectiveness of each section of the speech
    • Overall effectiveness/impact of the speech (by reading/finding historical accounts of its impact at the time).
  • The groups should play and/or read the speech to the class all the way through.
  • Then they need to play it again or read it again but this time pause as necessary to present their analysis.

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