Posts Tagged ‘This I Believe’

This I Believe Speech = motivational, inspirational, believable

Monday, May 19th, 2014

The purpose of this speech is to tell others what you have done, what you have achieved – ultimately, how you were inspired to change/make changes. Your speech should ‘speak’ to the heart (pathos/emotions) of others; it should result in your audience evaluating their current lifestyles and consider what they believe they CAN change.

Here are is a speech by Steve Jobs who believed he could, therefore he did, change the world:

a. Steve Jobs – motivational speech; think about life rather than death (positive attitude)


Feeling anxious about the delivery of your speech. Use the TIPS TO OVERCOME SPEECH ANXIETY on the linked website.

Challenge for Week of 20 May: making inferences

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Due date: Friday, 23 May, @ 3PM









This is an excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.’s celebrated “I Have a Dream” speech (2:10 – 3:50 in the video below)

So, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow. I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

a. Describe King’s state of mind. Identify specific words and phrases from his speech to support your inferences.

b. What technique is used most often in this speech to engage his audience?

c. Synthesize: Dr. King was a great orator and is still considered one of the best public speakers. What do you learn from reading his speech and watching his delivery (see video below: 05:40 – end) that will help you to (i) write your “This I believe” speech and (ii) deliver your speech to a teenage audience?


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