Churchill's Speech: We Shall Fight on the Beaches

Winston Churchill speech delivered to the House of Commons on June 4, 1940, is the focus of a comprehension exercise that asks readers to explain how the repetition in the speech supports the main purpose of Churchill's address. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the resource as a model for how to determine the main purpose of a speech, and the how to identify the devices a writer uses to support this purpose
  • The resource could also be used to provide an opportunity for guided practice, or as an assessment
Classroom Considerations

  • The exercise assumes readers have experience identifying the main purpose of a speech and the rhetorical devices used
Pros

  • An answer sheet is included
Cons

  • None
Common Core