Teacher Review for Voices of Democracy

Good source of public speeches to deconstruct for rhetorical devices and evaluating effectiveness.

Rae O.
Co-Director UC Merced Writing Project
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
Often I am looking for good sources of public speeches to use in my rhetorical effectiveness lessons. This website has a variety of speeches, authors, and time periods from which to choose. Students can access the text and locate examples of rhetorical devices used by the speaker and then can analyze the purpose of the device and evaluate its effect on the reader/listener. I can also find examples of rhetorical devices to use as illustrations when I am presenting a lesson on a particular device.
My Take
Quality historical texts. Useful in not only the English Language Arts classroom for the rhetorical analysis but also useful in the History/Social Science classroom for analyzing the historical significance of the speech.