This is Water

COMPREHENSION (READING & LISTENING)

1. Answer the Pre-reading questions. The Reading Notes
Read and listen to the greatest commencement speech ever. The text (google doc). The audio. Pausing 5 times to take notes.
Answer the “After Reading’ question.
(This completes the “Notes” piece of the assignment.)

ANALYSIS / EVALUATION

2. Complete The Expanded Notes assignment.

COMPREHENSION

3. Read and listen to the second greatest commencement speech ever. The textThe video.

ANALYSIS

3 (cont.) Compare both the style and message of the two speeches, using at least one quote from each. Consider: how will you format this? (T-chart? Essay? Bulleted list?)

SYNTHESIS

4. Write a commencement speech of your own. This is a chance to put a ton of thinking/writing skills together.
Consider: Will you give advice? Tell a story (or several stories)? Will you use a style that fits you, or fits the audience? (I recommend: you.) Will your message be what you learned, or what you think the audience should learn? (I recommend: you.) How long will your speech be? (DFW = 22:00, 3800 words. Steve Jobs = 15:00, 2200 words. I recommend: 5:00, 700 words). Will you deliver, or publish, the speech?

Deliver your speech in groups of 2-3.

Turn in all four pieces together, in order. Due: end of class on Monday, May 19.

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