Round 1, Student Speakers Contest, Burbank
Round 2, Student Speakers Contest, Chinatown
Congratulations to our Civitas students Veronica and Darlene! They recently participated in the 2014 Lions Club Student Speakers Contest. This year’s speech topic was “Community Service: What does it mean and why does it matter?”
Veronica and Darlene presented their speeches in the first round in Burbank, and both won college scholarships! Veronica was invited back to speak at the second round, in a restaurant in Chinatown, against students from three other Los Angeles high schools. We’re so proud of you both!
Use the following questions when analyzing rhetorical texts:
- Which kind of text structure is used? Explain.
- Identify the main argument (thesis).
- Analyze the rhetorical appeals (pathos, ethos, logos).
- Identify any figurative language used (similes, metaphors, allusions, hyperbole, etc.).
- Assess the evidence presented to back up the argument.
- Complete SOAPStone:
- Subject: What is the topic of the text?
Occasion: Why is the speech being delivered or passage written? Is it a special event?
Audience: With whom is the writer or speaker communicating? How do you know? Which words tell you?
Purpose: What is the audience supposed to do? What lesson should they learn? How is the audience supposed to feel at the end?
Speaker (or author): Is the speaker a reliable person to discuss this topic? What qualifications does he or she possess?
Tone: What is the tone or attitude of the speaker or author towards the subject?