Q1 – Week 3: August 27-31, 2018

TeacherHeather Baker
Subject AreaEnglish Language Arts/Reading
Grade Level7
Week #3
Unit of InstructionPersuasive Speech & Analyzing Text
Standard(s) Taught

Cite text evidence.
Analyze the impact of word choice on meaning and tone.
Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text.
Determine an author’s purpose.
Compare and contrast a text to an audio version.
Trace and evaluate an argument.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions.
Delineate a speaker’s argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning. 
Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner, pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples;  use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation. 
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. 

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

 – Students regularly encounter formal and informal arguments in media, in conversations, and in text materials.  This lesson explores the arguments developed in presidential speeches, classroom debates, and persuasive speeches.
 – Students will debate, plan, and consider the opposition.
 – Students will be able to trace and evaluate an argument. 
 – Students will finalize and deliver their persuasive speech. 

Classroom Activities

Monday, August 27 & Tuesday, August 28 –  Remarks at the Dedication of the Aerospace Medical Health Center – Speech by John F. Kennedy
Video – Is Space Exploration Worth the Cost?
Work on Persuasive Speech Outline
Wednesday, August 29 – Periods 1, 2, & 3, – Finalize Persuasive Speech Outline
Periods 5, 6, & 7, – Novel Study
Thursday, August 30 –  Persuasive Speeches
Friday, August 31 – Persuasive Speeches

Assignments Due

Monday, August 27 – Reading Comprehension Quiz
Wednesday, August 29 – Bring novel to school.
Thursday, August 30 & Friday, August 31 – Students will deliver a persuasive speech
Persuasive Speech Parent Feedback Form is due.

Additional Resources

Persuasive Speech Feedback

Name of Speaker: ________________________________________________________

 Topic: __________________________________________________________________

Is the attention grabber effective, does the speaker get your attention?   Yes  No

What technique did they use? (Circle One)

Testimony      Yes                  No



Statistic          Yes                  No

Examples       Yes                  No

Speaker cites their sources                                     Yes                  No

Speaker states a problem                                        Yes                  No

 Speaker gives the audience a solution                  Yes                  No

Speaker details the benefits of the solution          Yes                  No

Speaker gives a counter argument?                      Yes                  No

There is a clear action step                                    Yes                  No

Maintains eye contact with the audience               Yes                  No                        

Speaker talks loudly and clearly enough              Yes                  No

 Were you persuaded to agree with the speaker’s point of view?

 Did you already agree with their point of view before hearing the speech?

Would this speech be enough to convince someone in the audience today to follow through with the action?


 Yes                          Maybe                            No