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Significant Speeches: A Rhetorical Analytical Discussion

Martha Jackson, English Language Arts and Writing
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In this discussion based ongoing class, high school level students will engage in guided rhetorical literary analysis of the purpose, methods, effectiveness, and significance of famous speeches using SPACECAT or SOAPSTone methods.

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
Intermediate - Advanced Level
Students will grow in their abilities to read, understand, and analyze what they are reading, looking closely at literary and rhetorical devices. Students will grow in their ability to participate in a healthy debate and discussion with their peers. 
I have a Bachelor of Arts in English, and held a Professional Teaching Certificate in Florida to teach English in grades 6-12.  I taught middle and high school Language Arts in public schools in Florida, and for the past several years I have taught comprehensive Language Arts classes to homeschoolers, both in-person and online.  I have several years of experience teaching speeches, short stories, poems, and novels, that deal with complex issues such as those present in various works including "The Giver," "Lord of the Flies," "Night," and "A Long Walk to Water" in a variety of contexts, dealing with the inherent complex issues that arise with these topics.  As we discuss challenging topics in this class, we will affirm the value of all humanity, regardless of country of origin, religion, economic status, gender, etc. 
Students will be provided speech texts and optional note pages. Students can print them out if they'd like, but it is not required.
While the events that inspired these speeches might be horrific or graphic, these speeches were written to be delivered to an audience that included people of all ages, including young children. Therefore the content of the speeches does not contain graphic, violent, or otherwise "mature" imagery. We will not be looking at visual images surrounding these events in this class, or going into an in-depth discussion about them. Because what might affect students varies greatly, parents are encouraged to preview the speeches before enrolling in this class if they are concerned about this issue. Speeches will be scheduled several weeks / months in advance to facilitate this.  

I will not be explicitly teaching about any of the historical events that surround these speeches, but am prepared to deal with any questions that arise in our student-led discussions. As we discuss these speeches in class, we will affirm the value of all humanity, regardless of country of origin, religion, economic status, gender, etc.  If you have questions, please don't hesitate to message me.  
All content for this class is found in the public domain and will be posted in the classroom the weekend before each class. Content is not required to be accessed before class time to accommodate students who may register the same day as the class. 
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(499)
Hi!  My name is Martha Jackson. I mainly teach writing and literature, and I absolutely love it.

My classes focus on breaking down complex ideas into bite-size pieces, giving students concrete tools to grow in specific areas (conducting research,... 
Group Class


1x per week
45 min

Completed by 18 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-18
3-9 learners per class

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