You will be researching a famous speech that influenced America. You may learn about the historical contexts of these speeches in your US Studies class throughout the year! Your goal from a language arts standpoint is to focus on the audience, author’s purpose, text structure, and impact of the speech itself. Remember what you learned when analyzing Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address.” Choose one speech on which you will become an expert and write a 5-paragraph essay about this topic.
How will I become an expert?
noting the context of the time period during which the speech took place
finding the speakers intended audience and why he or she was addressing these people
discovering the purpose of the speech
researching the impact the speech had on American History
analyzing the text structure, tone, word choices, and
Civil Rights Address-JFK
Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation-FDR
I Have a Dream-MLK
The Duties of American Citizenship-Teddy Roosevelt
Shuttle “Challenger” Disaster Address-Ronald Reagan
Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give me Death”
Elizabeth Cady Stanton “Seneca Falls Keynote Address
Frederick Douglass: The Church and Prejudice
Most of the research for this 5 paragraph essay will be done at HOME or outside of the classroom.
Use a variety of sources and create a bibliography in MLA format. (3+ scholarly resources): NO WIKI’S!
Create a well-developed thesis statement to organize your essay. Must get approved by teacher before moving on...
Generate topic sentences and body paragraphs that align with your thesis.
Introduction: (5-8 sentences)
2-3 general statements about upcoming body paragraphs (What are you going to talk about?)
Body (Each body paragraph MUST have a topic sentence, general statement, and supporting details followed by a transition to the next paragraph)
Purpose of the speech (continue to elaborate in paragraph 4)
Mood and tone
Evaluate if the purpose of the speech was met.
Analyze the lasting impact of the speech on American History (SO WHAT? - effect)
Conclusion (5-8 sentences)
2-3 summarizing statements
Transitions (see handout)
- Make sure to use a variety of transitions to connect paragraphs, ideas, and sentences.