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Ch 6: MTEL Speech: Public Discourse & Debate in the U.S.

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The United States has produced more than its fair share of brilliant thinkers, writers and speakers. Renew your acquaintance with some of these while you prepare for the MTEL Speech exam as you work through these lessons.

MTEL Speech: Public Discourse & Debate in the U.S. - Chapter Summary

Let these lessons bring to life the movements that helped to shape adult education in the United States, and enhance your insights into the minds of some of America's most brilliant thinkers, writers and speakers. The lessons will help you prepare for the MTEL Speech exam by covering the following topics:

  • History and evolution of public speaking in the United States
  • 19th and 20th century adult education movements: Lyceum and Chautauqua
  • Writings and speeches of Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglass
  • Writings and speeches of Emerson, Twain, W.J. Bryan and Mary Livermore

These engagingly written, well-organized and comprehensive lessons, combined with lesson quizzes and chapter tests, unite to form a powerful study tool. Ready access to subject matter specialists provides you with yet another resource, making your study time productive and efficient.

MTEL Speech: Public Discourse & Debate in the U.S. Chapter Objectives

The MTEL Speech test is criterion-referenced and computer-based. It contains a total of 80 multiple-choice questions and two for which you must compose a 150 to 300-word written response. The lessons in our Public Discourse & Debate chapter align with Subarea I: The Role of Public Speech in Democratic Societies. This section contains between 55 and 57 questions and is weighted at 40% of the overall test.

9 Lessons in Chapter 6: MTEL Speech: Public Discourse & Debate in the U.S.
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The History of Modern Discourse in the United States

1. The History of Modern Discourse in the United States

Modern discourse, or conversations people and groups have about politics, society, and other controversial information, has grown in the United States in direct proportion to the growth in media. As a result, the entire landscape and tone of discourse has changed.

The Lyceum Movement: Purpose & Leaders

2. The Lyceum Movement: Purpose & Leaders

In the mid-19th century, American education was in the middle of a great period of reform. One of the main reasons for that was the Lyceum movement, which we'll explore in this lesson.

The Chautauqua Movement: Origins & Facts

3. The Chautauqua Movement: Origins & Facts

During the late 19th and early 20th-century, traveling tent shows migrated across the face of America inviting speakers to educate the people. This lesson examines Chautauquas and looks at their impact upon the United States.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Biography, Poems, Books & Success

4. Ralph Waldo Emerson: Biography, Poems, Books & Success

America's often referred to as a 'melting pot' of cultures and ideas, but Americans still have a unique identity. Meet one of the most influential shapers of that identity in this lesson on the life and work of American thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson.

My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass: Summary & Explanation

5. My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass: Summary & Explanation

This lesson discusses Frederick Douglass and his second autobiography, ''My Bondage and My Freedom.'' It also tackles some of the challenges Douglass faced and discussed in his book.

Booker T. Washington: Views on Education & Slavery

6. Booker T. Washington: Views on Education & Slavery

This lesson discusses Booker T. Washington's life as a slave, his views about education, and his approach to helping African Americans become independent businessmen. Learn more about the beliefs of this influential educator and take a quiz to test your knowledge.

Mary Livermore: Biography & Achievements

7. Mary Livermore: Biography & Achievements

In this lesson, we will learn about the life of Mary Livermore, an American suffrage and temperance leader. We will highlight her achievements and contributions, and learn why she is an important figure in American history.

Mark Twain: Biography, Works, and Style as a Regionalist Writer

8. Mark Twain: Biography, Works, and Style as a Regionalist Writer

In this lesson, we will learn about Mark Twain's life, his most acclaimed writings and his place as a realist and regionalist writer in this country's literary history.

William Jennings Bryan: Biography, Accomplishments & Scopes Trial

9. William Jennings Bryan: Biography, Accomplishments & Scopes Trial

Nebraska's most successful politician, William Jennings Bryan, will be the topic of this lesson. It will include a brief biography, with emphasis on his political career & his role in the famous Scopes Monkey Trial.

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