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This middle school unit is a great combination of rhetoric, literature, and historical knowledge, and introduces Year 9/Early Stage 5 (13-15 years) students to public speaking in the modern day - and how it continues classical traditions of oratory. Students work through five topics, studying a famous speech in each one, culminating in an essay which asks them to consider the effectiveness of speeches which move the emotions rather than the intelligence.


All speeches are paragraph-numbered for ease of use, and are accompanied by questions and activities - with lots of room for written responses.


Unit content:

  • An introduction to the Art of Speaking

  • Speeches of Praise

  • Speeches of Condemnation

  • Hortatory Speeches

  • Maiden Speeches

  • Graduation Speeches

  • Farewell Speeches

  • Assessment essay question

Unit of Work:Great Speeches

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