Ch 5: MTEL Speech: Public Argument in Democratic Societies

About This Chapter

Review the significance of public argument in democratic societies by studying this chapter. By detailing famous political speeches throughout history, these lessons help to prepare you for the MTEL Speech exam.

MTEL Speech: Public Argument in Democratic Societies - Chapter Summary

This chapter addresses famous political speeches throughout world history to refresh your knowledge in anticipation of the MTEL Speech exam. In addition to explaining the style of a speech and differentiating between a speech's potential purposes, these lessons cover the following topics:

  • Funeral orations
  • History of the Roman Senate
  • House of Lords and House of Commons in the British Parliament
  • Pericles and his role in the rise of the Athenian Empire
  • Reign of Queen Elizabeth I and her motivational speech to the troops at Tilbury
  • Vaclav Havel's political career and the importance of his Nobel Peace Prize speech
  • Influence of Margaret Thatcher and her speech 'Britain Awake'
  • Nelson Mandela's post-prison speech in Cape Town

These lessons use short videos to present the information in a creative manner. Each lesson is accompanied by a full transcript, which enables you to review the content at your own pace. If you have any questions, you may submit them to our experts for assistance. Be sure to take the cumulative chapter exam after you review all the lessons to see how well you remember and comprehend what you've studied.

MTEL Speech: Public Argument in Democratic Societies - Chapter Objectives

A vital step in the certification process for teaching speech courses in Massachusetts, the MTEL Speech exam assesses your knowledge of information spread over three content areas. On the exam, which is comprised of 100 multiple-choice questions and 2 open-response questions, subarea 1 is where you will find questions related to the role of public speaking in democratic societies; this section makes up 40% of the test. One of the primary objectives of this section is to demonstrate an understanding of the role of public argument and oratory in democratic societies, which is the primary subject of this chapter. Through reviewing the specific examples provided in these lessons, you should be adequately prepared to answer questions pertaining to these leaders, speeches, and their impact on their societies.

13 Lessons in Chapter 5: MTEL Speech: Public Argument in Democratic Societies
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The Style of a Speech: Speaker, Audience & Purpose

1. The Style of a Speech: Speaker, Audience & Purpose

When writing a speech, a writer should consider the speaker, audience and purpose of the speech. Each factor influences the overall style of the speech.

General Purpose vs. Specific Purpose of a Speech

2. General Purpose vs. Specific Purpose of a Speech

Understanding the general and specific purpose of your speech will help you develop and focus your speech to meet the needs of your delivery and of your audience. This lesson will help you understand the differences and how to create a specific purpose statement.

Funeral Oration: Definition & Examples

3. Funeral Oration: Definition & Examples

The art of funeral oration first appeared in the Greek culture as far back as approximately 450 B.C. when Pericles spoke at a funeral for fallen soldiers. In this lesson, we will look at the past history of funeral oration and how it has continued to be used in modern times.

The Roman Senate: Definition, Structure & Facts

4. The Roman Senate: Definition, Structure & Facts

The Roman Senate was the definitive institution of ancient Rome. In this lesson, we are going to explore how this body was created and how it changed across Roman history.

The British Parliament: House of Lords & House of Commons

5. The British Parliament: House of Lords & House of Commons

In this lesson, we will take a close look at the British Parliament, paying special attention to the membership and roles of the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Pericles, the Delian League, and the Athenian Golden Age

6. Pericles, the Delian League, and the Athenian Golden Age

This lecture covers the formation of the Delian League, its development into the Athenian Empire and the peculiar place of Pericles in the midst of it all, turning the city of Athens into the seat of an empire.

Queen Elizabeth I and England's Golden Age

7. Queen Elizabeth I and England's Golden Age

This lesson will focus on the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England, known as England's Golden Age. It will highlight England's advancements in economic growth, the sciences, the arts, and exploration under the lone rule of Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen.

Vaclav Havel: Biography & Achievements

8. Vaclav Havel: Biography & Achievements

Who was Vaclav Havel? In this lesson, we will explore the life, works, and legacy of the 20th-century political and intellectual leader whose life changed Eastern Europe.

The Significance of Vaclav Havel's Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

9. The Significance of Vaclav Havel's Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

Vaclav Havel's acceptance speech for the Peace Prize given by the German Bookseller Association is one of the great orations on the power of words in modern society. In this lesson, we will explore his speech and its historical context.

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher: Influence and Impact on Great Britain

10. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher: Influence and Impact on Great Britain

In this lesson, we explore the life and political career of Great Britain's first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher. A staunch conservative, her controversial policies guided Britain through one of its toughest economic times.

Margaret Thatcher's Britain Awake Speech

11. Margaret Thatcher's Britain Awake Speech

In 1976, Margaret Thatcher made a speech. That speech went on to define not just the woman herself, but British politics for the next decade. In this lesson, we'll explore the Britain Awake speech and its place in history.

Speech to the Troops at Tilbury: Summary & Analysis

12. Speech to the Troops at Tilbury: Summary & Analysis

Queen Elizabeth I's speech to the her army at Tilbury Fort is considered one of the greatest speeches in history. In this lesson, you'll learn about the speech and its historical significance.

Nelson Mandela's Speech at Cape Town

13. Nelson Mandela's Speech at Cape Town

On May 9, 1994, Nelson Mandela addressed the people of South Africa in his first speech as President. In this lesson, Nelson Mandela's Cape Town Inauguration speech will be discussed and summarized.

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