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The Power of Speech Making
Maya Angelou looks at speeches from across the centuries to explore why they are powerful and why they have stayed the course. Through talking about Sojourner Truth's 'Ain't I a woman?', Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' and Patrick Henry's 'Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death' speeches, she reflects on how these speeches carried great ideas. It is this, along with emboldenment, which makes these speeches stay alive down the centuries.
To contextualise persuasive speeches and prior to writing their own speeches, students should watch this clip to identify what makes a speech powerful and artful.
Brainstorm what is meant by 'great ideas'. What great ideas can students think of?
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