Speech Unit: Immigration Assignment Sheet

Speech Writing: Immigration, Refugees and America

In conjunction with our reading of Barbara Kingsolver’s novel The Bean Trees…

You will be writing and delivering a speech as a proponent or opponent of immigration and/or refugees being admitted the United States of America. You can prove almost anything concerning different, varying aspects of the immigration issue here in America. You will make a claim, support it with concrete evidence, and interpret the evidence so your audience (a literate, educated audience—the voting American public) is persuaded to agree with you. The speech only needs to last about 3-4 minutes; consequently, you will have to practice and time yourself.

The class will spend a limited time on the computers. This allows you the opportunity to complete some research (gathering facts, statistics, etc…) and possibly complete some writing. Your information must come from legitimate, academic sources. PLEASE use the library databases.

There are two pieces to consider. You must first write the speech, and then deliver it. When writing it, you will need to parenthetically reference any material/ideas you gather from your outside research. Hence, you will have a works cited page in MLA format. When you deliver the speech, you must consider how to communicate to your audience where your information came from. The length of the written speech will probably be about two pages double spaced.

We will review presentation tips in class before you deliver your speeches. There is no need to be wary, fearful, or anxious.

Sample Claims:

The United States of America was built on a melting-pot philosophy and it is necessary to maintain that ideal; therefore, the current administration cannot afford to close the borders to those who seek refuge here.

The new millennium brings forth the biggest challenges for national security. Reducing the flow of foreign-born people to this great country is necessary if the United States wishes to maintain both prosperity and safety for its own citizens.

Essential Questions/Big Ideas:
1. What are aspects of effective delivery of a speech?

2. What elements combine to write an effective speech?

3. Why is it important to present information verbally and how do people use speech to further their purpose?

4. Compare and contrast spoken language and written language.

5. How does one analyze essential documents and to what purpose? When evaluating well-known speeches, what makes certain speeches noteworthy?

6. Why is it important to cite sources when giving a speech?

Students will be able to – Skills

• Use technology to produce, publish, and update writing.
• Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis.
• Determine a central idea of a text and analyze.
• Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis, how they are introduced and developed and the connections that are drawn between.
• Analyze in detail how an author’s ideas or claims are developed.
• Determine an author’s point of view or purpose.
• Analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance a point of view or purpose.
• Analyze seminal U.S. documents.
• Integrate multiple sources of information.
• Evaluate the credibility of sources.
• Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
• Identify fallacious reasoning.
• Present information clearly, concisely, and logically in oral format.
• Use digital media in presentations.
• Adapt speech to context and task.