Allowing students to present information will mean that students will pay more attention to an assignment and retain more information as well!
In this lesson, students will be given an assignment sheet. A PowerPoint is provided as well so students can follow along as instructions are given. This is the way I usually do my assignments so if you prefer to simply use the handout then you do not have to use the PowerPoint.
Students will be given different speeches such as Steve Job’s Stanford Commencement Speech or an excerpt from Malcolm X’s “The Ballot or the Bullet.” There are four speeches and one article so the class can be divided into five separate groups.
Students will be instructed to complete a rhetorical analysis of the speech or article. For example, students are to locate examples of ethos, logos, and pathos. After the group analysis, students will present their answers to the class.
This assignment can be ninety minutes in length depending on the level of your students. Presentations can be held the following day.
I like to use this assignment as a form of formative assessment. If students struggle to analyze the material then I will understand that further instruction is necessary.
In addition, students can review necessary skills such as being able to summarize, analyze, infer, think critically, and write.
Hold students accountable. Listening is a Common Core standard and an important skill necessary for collegiate success. Therefore, I simply assign students a short assignment that will ensure that they are listening to their classmates’ presentations.
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