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


30-60 minutes without the activity

Curriculum Standards


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.


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


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


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.)


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?


  • 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.


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


  • 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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