This document provides a transcript of Barack Obama's 2004 Democratic Convention Speech with embedded text-dependent questions that are focused on rhetorical devices and their effects.
This assignment is a great fit for a rhetoric/oration unit and can be paired nicely with other historical speech such as Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech.
The assignment requires students to read and respond to the speech by marking the text for specific devices as well as answering the questions as they go. A link is provided for viewing the speech.
Can be used as an independent assignment, a partner activity, an assessment on identifying and describing rhetorical devices, or meaningful sub work.