Patrick Henry's "Speech to the Virginia Convention" is one of the most influential speeches of all time. However, many students don't find it as interesting as the teachers do. This unit will keep students engaged with the text while also allowing them to have some fun. First, students will dig into the speech in order to win a competition. Instead of you lecturing on the speech, students will be sifting through the speech to find answers in order to gain puzzle pieces. The first group to put its puzzle together wins, but they cannot complete the puzzle without winning pieces by correctly answering questions about the speech. Students will also be challenged by sorting the various logical (logos), emotional (pathos), and ethical (ethos) appeals that appear in Henry's speech. Furthermore, students will complete a vocabulary exercise. Discussion and collaboration are woven into the activities as well. A final test in two versions is included in case you want different classes to have different tests, or you want to deter cheaters. The test also comes in an editable PowerPoint if you wish to change any of the questions. The speech itself is included for easy printing. Enjoy!
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