Earlier today, students in our English 11 course presented speeches based on their work study of historical documents and of rhetorical strategies in their social studies and English classes.
This event is the culminating activity of a collaborative, interdisciplinary project developed by Natalia McMillan, Jen Fatone, Gena Topping, and Mike Haig in our English and social studies. Students studied the Constitution, analyzed the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers, and then developed speeches arguing for or against the Federalist position using information from their close reading of these texts. Students were required to reference these texts and used rhetorical techniques such as appeals to pathos, ethos, logos and metaphor.
In their English classes, all the students developed and delivered speeches, then voted on which speeches were the most effective and convincing. The top seven speeches (based on student votes) were presented to an enthusiastic crowd in Room 450. As students delivered their speeches, the audience used a rubric to evaluate each speech on the following four criteria: Presentation, Argument, Counter-argument and Rhetorical technique.
The following students presented speeches:
- Shawn Chubalashivili
- Melissa Farhangian
- Allie Giordano
- Shannon McLean
- Limor Tabib
- John Theotakas
- Devin Waxman
When the votes were tallied, Shawn was declared the winner, followed by Allie and Limor!