In this distance-learning project, students learn a speech by Abraham Lincoln and the fundamentals of public speaking and performance. As a culminating project, the class performs the speech and creates a video of the performance to showcase their work.
Oratory at Ford's
Fellows work closely with our teaching artists, staff and a network of educators to learn strategies to bring compelling and effective public-speaking into their classrooms. The fellows, along with selected student delegates, conclude the program by performing original and historic speeches on our historic stage.
For the 2020-21 school year, this program will combine with the Lincoln Online Oratory Project. Every year, Ford’s Theatre gives local students the opportunity to perform one of Lincoln’s speeches on the historic stage. Each class prepares for the event with help from a dedicated teaching artist, who works with students on speech comprehension and performance during classroom visits.
The Ford’s Approach to Teaching Oratory offers easy-to-implement tools that help every student develop public speaking skills and find their own powerful voice.