ON YOUR OWN, YOU PROBABLY WOULDN’T HAVE DECIDED TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT OF YOUR SCHOOL’S STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION.
You’ve never done this kind of thing before. In fact, you’ve never run for anything, except maybe the occasional ice cream truck, but some of your teachers and friends have finally convinced you to give it a try. “You’ll be great at this,” they keep telling you.
The truth is that you have always been interested in politics – how people run for elected office and how different governments work. There are some ways that you could have a positive impact on your school if you were president of the student government association. So this is happening. You’re starting to get excited about it.
The only thing is you’re running against a ridiculously popular classmate. This kid was the class vice president last year and is an athlete and involved in about a hundred school activities. If you’re going to win this election, you’ll need to be on the very top of your game.
You’ll need to be at your best later this week when you and your opponent give speeches to a school-wide assembly. The speeches you two give will decide the election one way or the other. Your speech will either help you win or help you lose.
How can you make a great speech?
There are many different elements that can help to make a great speech: the content, the writing style, the speaker’s voice/delivery, and the setting. Investigate the primary sources. What can you learn from these historical speeches - either good or bad - to help you make a better speech today? Make your case.
Have your students take this challenge and make their case! To begin, send your students to this website with this challenge’s code.
Political speech includes discussions of candidates, the form of government, how government should be run, and any other discussion of the political process or social issues.