This is an in-depth discussion guide for close reading Henry's speech. Sections of text are broken down for close reading and discussion for improved comprehension and understanding of the building blocks of reason and argument, including rhetorical techniques (like parallel structure, charged words, allusions, rhetorical questions, etc.) to make more powerful arguments.
The lesson is broken down into 5 distinct sections with goals for each - Central concept 1 & 2 are set up to be taught together in one sitting, while 3, 4, and 5 are separate sittings. This lesson should take about 100 minutes total to complete, each concept (if you put 1 & 2) together taking about 20 minutes, depending on your students, and the final activity taking about 20-30 minutes. This extended focus on a single text accomplishes the depth of analysis asked for in the Common Core curriculum and helps students gain greater skill with any text. Each concept has a focusing activity with a followup at the end for formative assessment and discussion questions (with answers) for guided discussion of the text. There is a final project for assessment at the end.
Central Concept #1 - Preparing your audience
Central Concept #2 - Introducing your Subject
Central Concept #3 - Presenting you Argument
Central Concept #4 - Presenting Objections and Countering Them
Central Concept #5 - Concluding with Power
Lesson covers CC ELA 11-12 Standards
Reading Informational Texts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8, Writing 5, Speaking and Listening 1 and 3, and Language 3
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