Author:
Laura Knapp, MSDE Admin, Kathleen Maher-Baker
Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Level:
Middle School
Grade:
8
Tags:
8th Grade, MSDE, RELA
License:
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
Language:
English

Education Standards (12)

Grade 8 Does Speech Matter Lesson Seed 1 President Obama Speech (MDK12 Remix)

Overview

This lesson seed involves students analyzing President Obam's back to school speech.  In reading the transcript of the speech, students will identify claims and the evidence supporting their claims.

Day 1 Task 1

  • Quickwrite: How can taking a stand develop a person’s belief system?
  • Students will identify names of people who took a stand for something that they believed in: President Obama, Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Hilary Clinton, friends, family.
  • Students will brainstorm a list of ideas or topics that people might take a stand for or against.  Option to share ideas in a web tool such as answergarden.ch
  • Students will brainstorm what they know about speeches and the people that delivered them.  Option to share prior knowledge on a collaborative web tool such as Padlet.
  • Introduce key words: claim – the overall thesis the writer will argue; counterclaim- a claim that negates or disagrees with the thesis or claim. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/588/03/
  • Students will work in groups to pick a topic of interest: uniforms, lunch lines, homework, recess, cell phones. Option to brainstorm topics on a collaborative web tool.
  • Students will list the claims and counterclaims about the topic in their groups. Option to share claims and counterclaims on a web tool such as Padlet.
  • Engage students in a discussion to identify whether each group presented a clear argument with claims and counterclaims.
  • Quickwrite: How can taking a stand develop a person’s belief system?
  • We will identify names of people who took a stand for something that they believed in: President Obama, Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Hilary Clinton, friends, family.
  • We will brainstorm a list of ideas or topics that people might take a stand for or against.  
  • We will brainstorm what we know about speeches and the people that delivered them.  
  • We will work in groups to pick a topic of interest: uniforms, lunch lines, homework, recess, cell phones.
  • We will list the claims and counterclaims about the topic in our groups. .
  • Let's discuss, did each group presented a clear argument with claims and counterclaims?

Day 2 Task 2

  • Read the transcript speech by President Barack Obama that urges students to set clear goals and take responsibility for their education.
  • As students watch the speech, have students read the text closely to identify evidence that assess the strength or weakness of the speech.
  • Students will engage in collaborative discussions with a group or in partners to analyze and summarize what the text says explicitly.
  • Students will discuss the following questions:

o   What argument is being presented in the speech?
o   What does the speaker want the audience to learn from the speech?
o   What appeal to action is President Obama asking the audience to take on education?
o   How can the audience benefit from the message conveyed in the speech?

  • Students will identify the claim in the text and use textual evidence to find facts to support the claim presented by President Obama in the speech.
  • Students will respond to the Unit’s Essential question: How did President Obama take a stand on education in his speech? Use textual evidence to support your answer
  • Read the transcript speech by President Barack Obama that urges students to set clear goals and take responsibility for their education.
  • As we watch the speech, read the text closely to identify evidence that assess the strength or weakness of the speech.
  • We will engage in collaborative discussions with a group or in partners to analyze and summarize what the text says explicitly.
  • We will discuss the following questions:

o   What argument is being presented in the speech?
o   What does the speaker want the audience to learn from the speech?
o   What appeal to action is President Obama asking the audience to take on education?
o   How can the audience benefit from the message conveyed in the speech?

  • We will identify the claim in the text and use textual evidence to find facts to support the claim presented by President Obama in the speech.
  • We will respond to the Unit’s Essential question: How did President Obama take a stand on education in his speech? Use textual evidence to support your answer