Grade 9-10 ELA: Speeches

This Common Core-aligned English Language Arts unit requires students to read four speeches for the purpose of teaching argument. In the final task, students must analyze the claims in all four speeches to support their own argument as to which speech makes the strongest argument for promoting racial equality. Prior to the final assessment, students complete two formative reading tasks that build in complexity and are sequenced to scaffold student learning for the culminating assessment when students write their argumentative essay. This task asks students to write an argumentative essay in which they make a case for the speaker who they think makes the strongest argument to promote racial equality. Students consider each speaker's use of claims, counterclaims, reasons, evidence, and methods when making their determination.