about some questions of speeches

  • Summarize Renald Reagan’s challenger speech
  • Describe one example of Reagan’s use of ethos in his speech
  • What was Reagan’s message to the families of those lost in the Challenger explosion?
  • What was Reagan’s message to the NASA engineers who were involved in the Chanllenger project?
  • What was Reagan’s message to the school children who watched the Challenger explode on TV?
  • What was Reagan’s message to the Soviet Union in his speech?
  • Who is Bob Ebeling?
  • Was the challenger tragedy Ebeling’s fault? Explain your answer FULLY.
  • Who is Kate DiCarillo?
  • What does capacious mean?
  • Summarize DiCamillo’s Newbery Award speech.
  • Who was DiCamillo’s audience?
  • Did her speech appeal to her audience?
  • How does your frame of reference differ from DiCamillo’s audience’s frame of reference.
  • Summarize “You are not that special” by Wellesley High School English teacher David McCullough.
  • What type of listening did you use to process and understand McCullough’s speech?
  • What is McCullough’s frame of reference? How does his frame of reference differ from yours?
  • Credibility is the audience’s perception of whether a speaker is qualified to speak on a given topic. In your opinion, does McCullough have credibility? Why or Why not? Explain your answer thoroughly (3 to 5 sentences)
  • Goodwill is the audience’s perception of whether the speaker has the best interests of the audience in mind. In your opinion, is McCullough speaking from a place of goodwill? Why do you think so or why not? Explain your answer thoroughly? (3 to 5 sentences)
  • Do you agree with McCullough’s statement that we, as Americans, love accolades more than achievement, as McCullough argues? If not, why wasn’t his speech able to persuade you? If so, what does he say to persuade you to agree with him?
  • How does McCullough’s speech support the argument that people in general (and public speakers in particular) should avoid ethnocentrism?
  • Thesis
  • Supportive reason 1
  • Supportive reason 2
  • Supportive reason 3
  • Extra Credit (5 pts): In your opinion, what is the difference between critical thinking and learning from a set curriculum?

McCullough states that the WHS graduating class of 2012should read, all the time, as much as they can, as a matter of principle. Create an outline for a speech that you would give supporting this thesis.

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