Winston Earns the Top Spot in our Federalist/Anti-Federalist Debate!

Last week, students in our English 11 course presented speeches based on their study of historical documents and of rhetorical strategies in their social studies and English classes.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 Mrs. McMillan, Mrs. Donofrio, Mrs. Parrinello, Mr. Haig and Mr. Portente n our English and social studies departments. Students studied the Constitution, analyzed the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers, and then developed speeches arguing for or against the ratification of the proposed Constitution 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.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, students delivered their speeches through FlipGrid. Classes then watched each speech and voted on the most effective and convincing. The top five 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:

  • Zain Abdelwahab
  • Danielle Avila
  • Brian Chirel
  • Winston Lee
  • Caroline O’Brien

When the votes were tallied, Winston was declared the winner, with Caroline coming in as runner-up!

Thank you to the teachers and students involved in this great project.

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