Patrick Henry's "Speech in the Virginia Convention" Teaching Pack

Patrick Henry's "Speech in the Virginia Convention" Teaching Pack
Patrick Henry's "Speech in the Virginia Convention" Teaching Pack
Patrick Henry's "Speech in the Virginia Convention" Teaching Pack
Patrick Henry's "Speech in the Virginia Convention" Teaching Pack
Julie Faulkner
Julie Faulkner
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This complete teaching pack for Patrick Henry's exemplar speech "Speech in the Virginia Convention" guides an in-depth study of Henry's speech. With the overarching purpose of analyzing persuasive appeals and examining argumentative writing, this creative and modern pack allows you to cover many standards interestingly and effectively. There are so many options with this low-prep pack that you can pick and choose or work your way through them all.

Student Experience: Students will first meet Patrick Henry as they are guided through the background and key events of the time period. The text can certainly be difficult, but the materials provided will scaffold the vocabulary words, offer an opportunity for summarizing, and guide discussion for breaking down the speech interactively and thoroughly. With advanced students or just to add something different, students will study a paired poem. To assess students' understanding, you can use the short writing prompt at the end. Last, students will complete a creative art project that allows them to make a text-to-self connection with the unit's theme: standing up for what you believe in.

Included in this teaching bundle:

1) Background notes on Henry and the time period

2) Interactive guided lesson

3) Common core standards

4) Task Cards

5) Paired Poetry

6) Follow up short expository writing prompt. Answers included.

7) Template for art project

-- PDF file for worksheets and PPT file for presentation

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Terms of Use: Created by Julie Faulkner, updated 2018

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Total Pages
38 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.


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