Task 1: Mr. Hendrix and Mrs. Stevenson have decided to expand their “Master Speeches” unit. You, being an amazing and insightful student, have been tasked to submit a proposed “Master” speech that you have found lives up to the “Masters” status. You will need to choose your representation from the plethora of speeches available online. Choose a speech that you connect to. It should be something that with each read, you think Wow! Everyone needs to read this speech because it is truly pretty astonishing! You should read it several times and annotate it. Look for patterns in their word choice (diction or tropes), the way the speaker organizes its structure (syntax or schemes), and the way it makes the listener feel or think (rhetorical appeals or pathos, ethos, & logos).
Task 2: Once you have found the next great speech that should be taught to all sophomores, you will need to compare it to the current speeches being taught. First, you will need to study the speeches available in the “Masters” unit. Second, you will be required to write a half page response, with at least 2 quotes and citations, for each speech.
Task 3: You will need to analyze your choice into two iNotebook pages which will include: diction, syntax, rhetorical appeals, SOAPSTone, and an annotated bibliography. See the website for more specific directions. You will also analyze 2 more speeches that you will be comparing to.
Task 4: So, your teachers will be so awe struck from your astounding submission choice, that they will ask you to present your argument that this speech should be added to the “Masters” unit. You will write a 5 paragraph essay to the Columbia High School Language Arts Department. You will type a persuasive essay with claims, examples with citations, and your argument in perfect MLA format. Please remember who your audience is. See example on website for further questions.
Task 5: You must also include an annotated bibliography for your “Master” speech and the 2-3 speeches you used to compare it to. This will also need to be in MLA format. See example available online.
The BEST argument and speech will be tagged with your name and added to the unit.