Analyze a Speech Through Comedy

Analyze a Speech Through Comedy
Analyze a Speech Through Comedy
Analyze a Speech Through Comedy
Analyze a Speech Through Comedy
Analyze a Speech Through Comedy
Analyze a Speech Through Comedy
Analyze a Speech Through Comedy
Analyze a Speech Through Comedy
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I created this activity to have a little fun with my kids while at the same time covering the speaking and listening standards for 8th grade. This is one small piece of a larger unit we are doing with the 16 habits of mind and the focus on humor. This activity is purposely left open for the teacher to use as they wish. I organized it by presenting the students with a base/review understanding of speech rhetoric (we go much deeper as the year progresses) and tools for delivering a powerful and memorable speech. I selected tools that could directly apply to Jerry Seinfeld's Halloween standup routine, so keep this in mind as you are considering your options for the notes and activity. I incorporate a lot of student discussion and collaboration in cooperation with the notes and humor as one of the 16 habits of Mind prior to showing the routine. You will need access to Jerry Seinfeld's transcript of his routine or purchase a copy of his book. You can easily access his routine on Youtube for listening. It is clean and appropriate for all ages.

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Delineate a speaker’s argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and relevance and sufficiency of the evidence and identifying when irrelevant evidence is introduced.
Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.
Acknowledge new information expressed by others, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views in light of the evidence presented.
Pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers and respond to others’ questions and comments with relevant evidence, observations, and ideas.
Follow rules for collegial discussions and decision-making, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.
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5 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 days
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