This researched formal speech activity requires students to research The Second Red Scare and McCarthyism, take notes, outline, cite sources, and prepare and deliver a formal speech.
I use this as an introduction to our studying Arthur Miller's The Crucible in Honors English class.
The activity includes fundamental information about McCarthyism and a brief discussion of how Miller created The Crucible, a play about Salem's witch trials as an allegory for America in the early 1950's.
Although I use this activity to introduction the play, it would also be very effective in the history classroom and could be followed with the movie The Crucible to show the similarities--false accusations and unjust punishment.
Included are 25 possible research topics from which students can choose.
---The Cold War,
---Edward R Murrow,
---J. Edgar Hoover.
Included is information on reading, researching, and citing information.
A speech outline template is provided.
There is general discussion on speech delivery: voice, eye contact, gestures, etc.
A grading rubric is provided.
A few appropriate graphics.
Created with Word, editable.
I would recommend this activity for a College Prep or Honors course.
Please have a look at the other products for The Crucible in my store including a
---PowerPoint presentation introducing Puritans and the Colonial Period,
---A Puritan Tabloid, and
--- "Dangerous Ideology" which is a group research project which requires kids to study events in history that began with good intentions, but ended in tyranny and disastrous results for the people. My kids love this project.
Just click here to browse my resources for The Crucible:
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