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Inspirational Speeches

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Summary

A fun secondary lesson idea, where Year 7 English students construct their own inspirational speeches. Suitable for Key Stage 3.

Using key words and clauses from historical and contemporary speeches, English teacher, Karen McWilliam from Dane Court Grammar School, discusses themes and motives for her Year 7 class's speeches.

Some students decide to travel back in time, whereas others draw on modern events and news stories for inspiration.

The students then mask together their own speeches using the list of key words and clauses given to them, exploring persuasive language as well as using and adapting cliches.

At the end of the lesson, students perform their speeches to the class. Karen also uses this lesson with older year groups as a revision exercise.

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