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  • “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

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    This lesson plan compares Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? to Langston Hughes’ poem, “Harlem”. With probing questions and activities, students will identify the theme of the American Dream as presented in those texts. Students will then describe their own American dream, expressing it in an original poem or short play scene. This lesson is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.

  • Coaching Student Performances

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    Learn tips from professional actors on how to coach your students to a better performance. Also included are two videos that analyze a student performance.

  • Refining Tone, Pace, and Emphasis

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    Students learn how intentions effect the tone of a speech, explore how and when to alter their pace, and discover how emphasizing different words can change the meaning of a text.

  • Podium Points

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    Students learn the nine elements of effective public speaking and recognize how to use them.

  • Original Speech Writing using Podium Points

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    Students write eight original speeches. Rubrics and examples included. Each speech performance focuses on using two Podium Points (elements of effective public speaking).

  • Pro Se Courts

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    Students take different sides of an issue and present evidence to support that side. A student judge then decides who presented the best argument.

  • Art & Oratory

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    Students create original art pieces inspired by a connection they make between a historic speech and current events.

    Recommended Resources: Example Annotated Speeches and Historic Speech Database

  • Rheotorical Triangle

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    By understanding the three elements of persuasive speech—ethos, pathos and logos—students will analyze the effect of rhetorical strategies and elements in commercials and speeches.

    Recommended Resources: Example Annotated Speeches and Historic Speech Database

  • Remixing a Speech

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    Students learn to identify operative words and replace the author’s historical words with their own modern language for better understanding.

    Recommended Resources: Example Annotated Speeches and Historic Speech Database