Writing an Argument: Persuasive Speeches to Students

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Powerful orators make their messages compelling with a combination of factors. Learn how to be an inspirational speaker with a reading assessment activity that presents a list of persuasive speaking techniques, as well as two speeches that employ various combinations of the strategies.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use during an election season, and show past and current political speeches that contain the appeals detailed in the lesson
  • Incorporate into a unit on ethos, pathos, logos
  • Bring to an extracurricular speech and debate program
Classroom Considerations
  • Third page of the resource is an advertisement for the publisher's curriculum
  • Contains a speech from a Republican president (George H.W. Bush) and a Democratic president (Barack Obama)
  • Passages are Lexile® levels 810L and 960L
  • Contains a teacher guide that includes writing rubrics and instructional tips
  • Ideal for a unit on reading informational text, as well as rhetorical appeals
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