Students learn how to support a speech in order to persuade an audience
to change their minds as Malala did at her UN speech.
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This lesson will address Common Core Standards 8. 18 A, 8. 1.
Times are suggested for each task. The lesson is designed to complete as a 65 minute session – but can be adapted easily for longer or shorter classes.
In the lesson the learner will state a thesis and find evidence to support it
by pre-writing a rhetorical speech.
They will watch opening of Malala Yousafzai’s videoed speech to the UN http://goo.gl/L8HFfa Students will jot down the main idea of thesis – as they listen.
Key points addressed in this lesson include explanations and examples
1. Final thesis statement includes 1 sentence with 25 words or less.
2. A thesis makes assertion about what you will prove in speech.
3. Everything in speech supports, is related to, or points back to the thesis statement.
4. Thesis statement answers the questions how or why?
5. Four supportive statements for thesis.
6. Errors to avoid in thesis statements include. A). mere facts or observations, B). generalizations, C). exaggerations, D). Questions, E). Too broad. F). Too narrow,
G). Vague assumptions, H). First person beliefs – without factual support.
An exemplar handout
shows Malala’s supportive statements that strengthen her speech. Students compare these supportive connections in another handout to their own speeches.
Criteria for Student Success
1. Clear thesis
2. Completed Form #2
3. Form #3 is started in class
with at least one supportive statement and two related details.
Students move incrementally
toward beginning their next session where they complete evidence to support their speeches.
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