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ELA - Grade 12 - Week Four

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12th Grade ELA

Week 4 April 27-May 1

Weekly Packet

Learning Objectives Students will be able to:?

  • evaluate the effectiveness of historical speeches by analyze reasoning, premises, purpose, and arguments in the speech.

Lesson 1: Read “Shirley Chisholm’s Presidential Announcement Speech Transcript” by Shirley Chisholm and answer questions on Common Lit.
Lesson 2: Read “Washington’s Farewell Address” by President George Washington and answer questions on Common Lit.

Lesson 3: Read “What Fear can Teach Us” by Karen Thompson Walker and answer questions on Common Lit. Complete the Writing assignment.

Choose one of the speeches in the lessons and answer the following questions in 1-3 sentences per answer. Please use the question as part of the answer.
What is this speech about?
What is the author’s point?
What is the context of the speech?
What information did I learn from this text?
What is the audience tasked to do?
What does the author do first, second and third?
How does the author construct his/her argument?
Where in the text does the author shift from one argument or idea to another?
Where in the text does the author introduce the topic or argument?
Where in the text is evidence and/or examples provided?
Write a speech or argumentative essay, a short story, a poem, a song, a letter, a news article, or create a video or sway, that answers the following prompt: How does a speaker’s rhetoric affect individuals, communities, and/or cultures?


reasoning (noun): the action of thinking about something in a logical, sensible way.
argument (noun): a reason or set of reasons given with the aim of persuading others that an action or idea is right or wrong.
premise (noun): a previous statement or proposition from which another is inferred or follows as a conclusion.
rhetoric (noun): the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing, especially the use of figures of speech and other compositional techniques.

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