Today, you will take the first steps towards creating your Who Am I? speech. To do this, be sure you have thoughtfully completed the five questions that were handed out last week. These are due by the end of the hour for Workshop points.
Use the answers to these questions to begin thinking about what you want your speech to be about. Create a thematic statement. Remember your thematic statement is the lesson that you want your audience to learn by the end of your speech. This will be the driving force behind your speech; although, at this point, it is only a rough draft. By the time you finish your speech, you may need to alter your thematic statement.
After you have competed your thematic statement, begin thinking about how you will express this lesson to your audience. You may want to use the events and experiences from the five questions answered, but you are not required to. By the end of class today, you must have your thematic statement and speech topic approved.
Elements you should consider using in your speech:
- rhetorical question
- extended analogy
Ms. Degenhardt’s Speech
Here is a list of questions you should answer and vocalize during your formal presentation:
- What is your topic (define it)? Why did your group choose to study this topic?
- How did you conduct research? Why did you go to find information about your topic?
- What are the problems associated with your topic? What is the evidence of these problems?
- What is your stance on the problems (your position)? How do your creative arguments represent this position?
- What is your proposed solution? How does this solution represent empathy? How does it represent your audience/community? Why do you believe this solution would be beneficial?
- Why should we be concerned? How can we take action?
The time has come to reflect upon the reading you encountered during your first year of high school. To do so, consider the various types of reading you experienced over the past semester. As always, there are some questions below to help inspire your writing; however, you are not required to answer any or all of the questions listed. Instead, write with insight and intent about who you are as reader. Write about your weaknesses and strengths. Write about your failures and achievements. Write about your future goals.
The only thing you are required to address in your reflection is the year-long goal created in your Reader’s Profile. Consider how you have worked to satisfy this goal. Consider what you need to do to continue working towards the completion of the goal.
After you have completed your reflection, you need to submit your reflection as a comment to your My Freshman Reader’s Profile sub-page.
- What was your favorite book to read this semester? What did you like about it?
- What was your favorite types of reading? Why?
- What readings did you find more challenging or difficult? Why?
- Did you try reading new genres this semester? What or who encouraged you to try something new? What did you think of this new reading?
- Looking back, if you could change some aspect of who you are as a reader what would it be and why?
- Did you spend more time reading during class or outside of school? Why? Do you anticipate this to change during second semester?
- Did your passion (or lack thereof) for reading change throughout the semester? Why?
- How did Book Club go for your group? Why?
- Define reading as a social interaction. How do these interactions differ between the physical and the digital world?