Famous Speeches in American History – Grades 6-9 – Spring 2021 – 10 weeks
Wednesday, April 7 2021 @ 3:00PM - Wednesday, June 23 2021 @ 4:30PM EDT| $250.00
- Day of Week
- Class Times
- 3:00PM - 4:30PM (ET)
- Jonathan Meola
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- Course Syllabus:
Historic speeches can teach us a tremendous amount about the past history as well as the people who said these words. They can educate us about pivotal moments, triumphs, failures, challenges and accomplishments a nation has experienced during different eras. The history of the United States has been characterized by many speeches which have precipitated changes and impacted the way American interact with their leaders, neighbors and the rest of the world. Americans in every century have lent their ears to impassioned voices that have stirred, challenged, convicted and profoundly affected the conscience of our nation. These speeches have shaped American history with bold ideas, designed to persuade and influence discourse during difficult and prosperous times – creating a better nation for all Americans.
Students will identify and analyze historic speeches from American History that have guided the development of our nation. These speeches have inspired, persuaded, informed and tugged at the minds and hearts of those who heard them.
Each week students will be assigned one or two historical speeches to analyze via video, audio or text. A one-page analysis worksheet with guided questions will be given for each speech. Questions and answers will be discussed in class. Examples of questions could include but are not limited to…
What is the occasion for this speech?
What does the speech tell us about life in the United States at the time it was written?
A primary objective will be to learn what the speech teaches us about American history. We will also focus on the relevance and impact of each speech on contemporary America.
Finally, each student will be asked to write their own “historic speech” on a topic that is currently making history in the United States. These speeches will be recorded via Smartphone or Tablet and presented during class.
Registration deadline is March 15, 2021.
There must be a minimum of 5 students to run this class.