FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Jason Reynolds FREE LESSON Rhetorical Analysis, Public Speaking, Sub Plan CCSS”


by Laura Randazzo

9th – 12th Grade

Use Jason Reynolds’ commencement address at Lesley University to show your students the power of a well-constructed speech. In this one-class period activity, students will discuss the techniques of effective public speaking, view Jason Reynolds’ 10-minute speech, and deconstruct/discuss his use of rhetorical devices. Questions focus on audience, the value of storytelling over lecture, and rhetorical application of poetic devices including foreshadowing and symbolism. These print-and-teach materials can serve as a stand-alone lesson or as a supplement to any literature study that focuses on issues of equity and social justice.

Jason Reynolds is the New York Times best-selling author of many works, including Ghost, All-American Boys, and Long Way Down. You can learn more about him at jasonwritesbooks.com.

Want more high-interest speeches for your students to analyze? Check out these materials based on Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech and Steve Jobs’ commencement address at Stanford University:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Oprah-Winfreys-Golden-Globes-Speech-Real-World-Rhetorical-Analysis-CCSS-3578438

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Expository-Text-Steve-Jobs-Tools-of-Rhetoric-Non-Fiction-Multimedia-CCSS-876830

Want podcast-based assignments that’ll help your students develop their listening skills? Check out this bundle of popular Listen & Learn lessons:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Listening-Skills-Podcast-Based-Listening-Activities-Listen-Learn-5-Pack-CCSS-3206742

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Image Credit: Farrell Howe, Flickr, Public Domain Mark 1.


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Jason-Reynolds-FREE-LESSON-Rhetorical-Analysis-Public-Speaking-Sub-Plan-CCSS-4109789

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