As I prepare my students for the NYS Common Core Regents, I continue to narrow my approach for my students. This 10-page document is my latest epiphany regarding the prep I will do with my students for the part of the test I feel is the most challenging. The first page is a hierarchical list of devices and techniques that could show up in any text or speech. I am doing my best to make guesses on what the June 2014 exam will look like, and I feel this is the best approach I have right now. The document continues on with copies of the sample test and speech from JFK's inaugural address. Page 6 will offer students some post-reading questions that can lead to paragraph writing ideas. The bottom of page 6 has a paragraph outline I developed after writing the answer myself. I out some information from the internet regarding the speech, but my suggestions is to encourage students to use the rhetorical question near the end of the speech. The last page has my own response, the best I could put together with the little information we have. This is not a complete lesson. You will have to organize the teaching and locate the rubric on engageny.org yourself. This might help you make some plans for the remaining weeks before the exam. I hope it is helpful to someone!