I Have a Speech: Original Oratory and Syntactic Structure

Matthew Nuccio, English, Mallard Creek High School

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200 Word Synopsis

“I Have a Speech” is a six day middle of the semester curriculum unit and its foundation lies on the experience of the students to illustrate proficiency in the written composition and oral execution of expository or persuasive text. Endeavoring to compose an original oratory requires the students to formulate context within the confines of The Rhetorical Triangle and implementing those skills both within and beyond the walls of the classroom. In order for the class to execute this project, the students must be able to critically analyze speeches while identifying and comprehending the diversity of syntactic structure chosen by the authors. In addition, there is a major focus on implementing sentence types and the comprehensive awareness of syntax and sentence type to which student choices create for the audience. Moreover, it is incumbent upon the students to engineer their speech to encompass a mature prosody for the audience. This unit empowers the students to embrace 21st century skills that will enhance and refine their communication abilities for composing speeches, delivering a substantial oration, researching for collegiate level courses, and ultimately, analyzing and applying a greater grammatical understanding to their work.