Jason Reynolds FREE Rhetorical Analysis, Public Speaking, PDF & Google Drive

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Laura Randazzo
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Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Resource Type
Standards
Formats Included
  • PDF
  • Google Apps™
Pages
4-page PDF + Google Drive version of handout (uneditable)
Laura Randazzo
62k Followers
Includes Google Apps™
The Teacher-Author indicated this resource includes assets from Google Workspace (e.g. docs, slides, etc.).

Description

Use Jason Reynolds’ commencement address at Lesley University to show your students the power of a well-constructed speech. In this one-class period activity, students will discuss the techniques of effective public speaking, view Jason Reynolds’ 10-minute speech, and deconstruct/discuss his use of rhetorical devices. Questions focus on audience, the value of storytelling over lecture, and rhetorical application of poetic devices including foreshadowing and symbolism. These print-and-teach materials can serve as a stand-alone lesson or as a supplement to any literature study that focuses on issues of equity and social justice. Student worksheet is included in both PDF and Google Drive formats.

Jason Reynolds is the New York Times best-selling author of many works, including Ghost, All-American Boys, and Long Way Down. You can learn more about him at jasonwritesbooks.com.

Want more high-interest speeches for your students to analyze? Check out these materials based on Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech and Steve Jobs’ commencement address at Stanford University:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Oprah-Winfreys-Golden-Globes-Speech-Real-World-Rhetorical-Analysis-CCSS-3578438

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Expository-Text-Steve-Jobs-Tools-of-Rhetoric-Non-Fiction-Multimedia-CCSS-876830

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Image Credit: Farrell Howe, Flickr, Public Domain Mark 1.

Total Pages
4-page PDF + Google Drive version of handout (uneditable)
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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Standards

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Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, identifying any fallacious reasoning or exaggerated or distorted evidence.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

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