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  • How To Host An Oratory Festival In Your School

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    Giving students an opportunity to perform historic or original speeches is a great way to showcase learning. It’s also a powerful way to help them develop strong voices and perspectives on issues that matter. Time is precious. Discover guidance for planning and implementing a hassle-free student oratory performance that invites assessment and chance for your students to shine.

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    • Topic:  Oratory
    • Type:  How-Tos
  • Improving Student Comprehension: Analyzing Word Choice in Primary Source Texts

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    Teacher Joyce Erb-Appleman shares how she helped a colleague use a close-reading approach to analyzing word choice to help students gain a deeper understanding of a primary source text.

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    • Topic:  Oratory
    • Type:  How-Tos
  • Strategies for Students: Overcoming Stage Fright in Public Speaking or Performance

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    To be an effective public speaker, students need to understand a variety of elements, including use of  appropriate tone, natural gestures and effective eye contact. If stymied by stage fright, all of their hard work might feel for naught. professional actors and teaching artists Victoria Reinsel and JJ Johnson share some of their best strategies and advice for teachers and students to calm nerves and speak with confidence.

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    • Topic:  Oratory
    • Type:  How-Tos
  • Bringing Podcasting to the Classroom

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    Ford’s Theatre Teacher-in-Residence Dave McIntire discusses how to use podcasting as a teaching tool for middle school students’ public speaking.

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    • Topic:  Oratory
    • Type:  How-Tos
  • Empathy and Empowerment: Resources for Educators Teaching History Through Speech and Oratory

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    As the Ford’s Theatre Teacher-in-Residence for four weeks, Karen Richey researched contemporary speeches from a wide range of human experiences and cultures. Discover new resources that students can use to make connections between the past and present and see take part in civic dialogue.

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    • Topic:  Oratory
    • Type:  How-Tos
  • 10 American Orators Who Aren't Abraham Lincoln

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    Many Americans have used oratory as a way to drive civic change. Learn about 10 change-makers whom you might not know about yet.

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    • Topic:  Oratory, Lincoln's Legacy
    • Type:  Readings, Speeches
    • Grades:  3-5, 6-8, 9-12
  • Podium Points

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    Coach students in nine specific oral and physical elements of effective speaking.

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    • Topic:  Oratory
    • Type:  Posters
    • Grades:  3-5, 6-8, 9-12
  • Rhetorical Triangle

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    Teach students to recognize and deploy the three key elements of persuasion.

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    • Topic:  Oratory
    • Type:  Posters
    • Grades:  3-5, 6-8, 9-12
  • Warm and Cool Feedback

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    Build a classroom culture of constructive feedback as students support each other’s development as effective speakers.

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    • Topic:  Oratory
    • Type:  Posters
    • Grades:  3-5, 6-8, 9-12
  • Conecting to Texts

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    Help students understand historical context and the motivation behind speeches with this close reading approach.

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    • Topic:  Oratory
    • Type:  Posters
    • Grades:  3-5, 6-8, 9-12