You should be skeptical of anyone who tells you there's a way to get great speeches out of high school (or even middle school) students. However, I can tell you that unless you're using some of the techniques in this unit plan, you're not getting the most out of your students.
Basically, instead of just following the textbook or the other teachers in my department, I decided to just watch about a dozen great speeches. I then used a list of literary terms to determine which elements were most important in speeches. On top of that, I had students do the same thing--read and analyze great speeches, and watch some of them. Then, when I thought the speeches were better than ever, I tried forcing the students to write an essay version first, and the speeches got even better.
Don't let the simplicity fool you. I coached forensics, FBLA , and Academic Decathalon students with these exact techniques. A few were even state or local champs. Other coaches asked for copies of the speeches. Not only will these assignments open their eyes to their own potential, but students will see what the speechwriters are using in order to manipulate all of us with words.
If you're a new teacher (like I was) being told to have students give persuasive speeches without any guidance from your department, try it one year on your own, and then buy this plan. Or skip the year of wondering what the world is coming to and just get this plan now.
Table of Contents
Persuasive Speech Topics 3
RESOURCES FOR PERSUASIVE SPEECHES: 19
Persuasive Essay/speech Topics 20
Persuasive Essay Assignment 21
Here are the requirements that I will be looking for in your speech: 22
Persuasive Speech 23
Persuasive Speech Schedule 24
Persuasive Speech Assignment 26
Persuasive Speech Quiz 29