Materials Review 2 for 11th grade/English III

Materials Review 2 for 11th grade/English III

  • Maggie Dillon
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  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “I Have a Dream”

I would use this video in a unit on Southern Literature for an 11th grade English III class. This video helps to achieve the following Common Core State Standards:

  1. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.5: Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging.
  2. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.3:Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.

Students will benefit from this video because it is crucial to view things as they were intended; plays are meant to be watched on stage, speeches are meant to be listened to from an audience. Listening to Dr. King speak his own words is imperative because he himself conveys so much more power and meaning than simply reading the words ever could. Along with more aesthetic reasons, children learn by example. Seeing someone, especially as amazing a speaker as Dr. King, speak professionally teaches them how to do so their selves. Speaking and being able to clearly communicate your meaning is an important skill every person should have and that is not a skill most people are just born with – it must be taught to the great majority of us. Along with practice, the best way to learn speaking skills is to see good examples to model after. As well as gaining valuable public speaking information, students will be analyzing the “effectiveness of structure…including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging” and the “word choice, points of emphasis, and tone” throughout the work.

As a result of implementing this material, Students should…..

  • Know: more about the civil rights movement and the stance of Dr. King & his followers regarding the status of black Americans during the 60s, that Dr. King is an appropriate model for speaking and delivering speeches
  • Understand: how word choice, tone, and delivery affect the over all message and reception of that message by the audience (on paper or out loud), how a good speech seamlessly flows from one topic to the next by finding similarities or differences between the two
  • Do: be able to pick out specific features of a speech that make it particularly effective, meaningful, or poignant, more clearly and beautifully transition from one topic to the next in their writing

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