The Federalist/Anti-Federalist Debate Continues!

Earlier today, students in our 11th grade courses presented speeches based on their work study of historical documents and of rhetorical strategies in their social studies and English classes.

This “speech-off” is the culminating activity of a collaborative, interdisciplinary project developed by Natalia McMillan, Jen Fatone, Matthew Haig and Michael Haig in our English and social studies courses. 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 six 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:

  • Lucas Marlow
  • Ryan Goldberg
  • Lily Stempel
  • Max Mosca
  • Antonio Liparoto
  • Dylan Silber

Based on the feedback from the audience, Antonio Liparoto earned the highest marks, followed by Dyla Silber and Lucas Marlowe.

Congratulations to all of the participants, and thanks to the teachers who led them through this project!


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