Ch 7: MTEL Speech: Notable Debates & Speeches in U.S. History

About This Chapter

Use this chapter to review noteworthy debates and speeches throughout the history of the United States. These lessons may serve as a reliable resource in your studies for the MTEL Speech exam.

MTEL Speech: Notable Debates & Speeches in U.S. History - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will have the opportunity to review significant debates and speeches given by noteworthy leaders in American history as you prepare for the MTEL Speech exam. Subjects that will be detailed in these lessons include:

  • The Constitutional Convention
  • Webster-Hayne Debate of 1830
  • Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858
  • American presidential debates
  • Jonathan Edwards' famous sermons
  • Abraham Lincoln's 'Gettysburg Address'
  • Work of Susan B. Anthony
  • 'Fourteen Points' speech by Woodrow Wilson
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Fireside Chats
  • John F. Kennedy's acceptance speech for his presidential nomination
  • Dr. Martin Luther King's significant speeches

These lessons come in both the format of short animated videos, and as full transcripts, so you have the option of encountering the information at your own pace. After you finish each lesson, be sure to take the related self-assessment to ascertain how well you remember and understand the discussed content. Once you've completed the entire chapter, take the cumulative exam to gauge how much more you may need to study these topics.

MTEL Speech: Notable Debates & Speeches in U.S. History - Chapter Objectives

The MTEL Speech exam is a requirement if you wish to become licensed to teach a speech course in Massachusetts. This test features 100 multiple-choice questions and two open-responses that are meant to assess your knowledge of a variety of speech related content. Forty percent of the entire exam focuses on public speech in democratic societies, including those found within the history of the United States. By studying the specific examples presented and detailed in these lessons, you will be exposed to potential topics on which the exam may test you.

Developing a familiarity with these famous leaders and their significant speeches should aid you in your ability to answer any questions pertaining to them on the MTEL Speech exam. Additionally, taking the multiple-choice quizzes at the end of each lesson and the chapter will give you the opportunity to practice answering similar questions in the same format as the exam itself.

11 Lessons in Chapter 7: MTEL Speech: Notable Debates & Speeches in U.S. History
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The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise

1. The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise

The Constitutional Convention was intended to amend the Articles of Confederation. Instead, those in attendance set out to found a republic (the likes of which had never been seen), which is still going strong well over 200 years later. To accomplish this task, compromises had to be made. The Great Compromise designed the bicameral congress the U.S. has today.

The Webster-Hayne Debate of 1830: Summary & Issues

2. The Webster-Hayne Debate of 1830: Summary & Issues

Every now and then there is a great debate that captures national attention. In this lesson, we'll explore one of those debates and discover what the root issue was really all about.

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858: Summary & Significance

3. The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858: Summary & Significance

In an effort to secure their own appointments to the U.S. Senate, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas squared off in a series of seven debates in 1858. Find out why Douglas might have won in the short term but Lincoln won in the long term.

The History of American Presidential Debates

4. The History of American Presidential Debates

Presidential debates may seem like they're a fixture of American politics, but they're actually a product of the latter half of the 20th century. Learn a bit about the history of American presidential debates and see some of the highlights of the Kennedy-Nixon debates and others.

Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening: Sermons & Biography

5. Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening: Sermons & Biography

Jonathan Edwards was an American minister whose sermon 'Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God' became one of the most famous sermons of the 18th century. In this lesson, we'll look at Edwards' sermon and analyze it for Puritan beliefs and style.

Gettysburg Address: Summary & Analysis

6. Gettysburg Address: Summary & Analysis

This lesson discusses the Gettysburg Address, one of the most famous speeches in American history. Learn more about what Abraham Lincoln's speech means and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Who Was Susan B. Anthony? - Women's Rights Facts & Significance

7. Who Was Susan B. Anthony? - Women's Rights Facts & Significance

This lesson discusses the life and work of Susan B. Anthony. Learn more about her fight for women's rights, including the fight for women's suffrage, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points: Definition, Speech & Summary

8. Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points: Definition, Speech & Summary

Learn about President Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points speech delivered in 1918. Discover what these points actually were and how they affected the outcome of the end of World War I. Following this, test your new knowledge with a quiz.

Fireside Chats: Definition & Significance

9. Fireside Chats: Definition & Significance

Understand the origin, definition, and significance of the Fireside Chats, as they pertain to the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, an outstanding American president.

JFK's New Frontier: Definition, Speech & Program

10. JFK's New Frontier: Definition, Speech & Program

John F. Kennedy's presidential nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in 1960 laid out his 'New Frontier' policy. Learn about the speech and the programs, and check your understanding with a quiz.

Famous Speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

11. Famous Speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Most Americans can likely name the author of the 'I Have a Dream' speech: Martin Luther King, Jr. In this lesson, however, we'll learn about three of King's many other speeches that also played an important part in the path to Civil Rights.

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