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Read Like a Detective Strategy #8: Speak the Text

Magnifying_glass_with_focus_on_paperNCDPI English Language Arts Consultants shared 40 Ways to Read Like a Detective during the 2013 Summer Institute Sessions.  Check out Strategy #8, Speak the Text.

Description:  Use a speech to analyze the impact of certain words, meaning, and tone.

Common Core State Standard Alignment:  R.CCR.4, L.CCR.3, and SL.CCR.6

Strategy:  Using a speech, have students insert line breaks anywhere they would naturally pause when speaking the text and underline or highlight words that should carry emphasis.  Then, have students reconfigure the highlighted words and line breaks, thus placing emphasis in different places to see how their changes affect the tone of the text.  Discuss the subtle differences when changes are made to the location of the emphasized words.

Ask students:  How do you think the speaker intended to deliver this speech?  How does the word placement and emphasis support your answer?

Research/Resources: (Click on Speech Analyses),



About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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