TODAY’S THE DAY. THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION’S ELECTION DAY. AND LARA HAS BEEN PREPARING HER PRESIDENTIAL SPEECH FOR WEEKS.
Cartwright High School has always valued having a strong Student Government Association. In fact, the SGA at Cartwright has a lot of influence, and Lara wants to start a new tutoring program. That’s why she knows how important it is that her speech be convincing to her classmates.
Lara has always been interested in politics – how and why people run for elected office and how different governments work. She knows there are many ways that she can have a positive impact on her school as president of the student government association.
The thing is, Lara is only in her second year at Cartwright, and there are many other students running for office. Her speech might be the only time she gets to share her ideas with the entire school, especially those students she hasn’t met yet. If she’s going to win this election, Lara will need to be on the very top of her game. Her speech needs to convince the rest of the students that she has valuable ideas about improving the school, and that she can make this tutoring program happen.
Lara will need to be at her best later this week when she and her opponents give their speeches to a school-wide assembly. These speeches are the best chance all the candidates have to make an impression on the student body, and help voters form opinions about which candidate they prefer. This speech could help Lara win or lose the election.
How can Lara write 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 to help Lara 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 statements about candidates, the type of government, how government should be run, and any other opinions of the political process or social issues.