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?