Need a lesson for Veterans Day or Memorial Day? Let students honor veterans and other heroes with this lesson and speech writing activity after a close reading of the speech, “The Gettysburg Address" (or other selected speech). With Inspired Writing, students use mentor texts as models for their own writing.
In pre-reading activities students journal about memorials they have visited and take a virtual field trip (power point) to memorials around the world including the Vietnam Memorial, World War II Memorial, African American Civil War Memorial, Gandhi Memorial, and Flight 93 commemoration field, along with many others. While they view the power point, they record their observations of the monuments on a graphic organizer.
Next, they read contextual information at an online link about the Battle of Gettysburg and record details from their reading. The lesson continues as they read the speech, identify parallelism, and answer post-reading questions to check comprehension.
After these activities, they choose people or events for their own memorial designs and dedication speeches. Then they incorporate their own use of parallelism in their speeches. They are guided through the writing process step-by-step.
This zip file with an 18 page PDF file and 7 slide virtual field trip power point includes the following: explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core ELA Anchor Standards, virtual field trip graphic organizer, pre-reading and contextual reading guides, text of speech, "planning a speech" graphic organizers, memorial & speech assignments with suggested evaluation criteria, peer review handout, and key. Additionally, student samples have been included for review.
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