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Georgia Women Speak!: Course Outline

Course Outline

Georgia Women Speak!

 Day One:

Introduction to Rhetoric Lecture

   - This lecture will delve into a brief history of rhetoric and explain to students why rhetoric is important. For inspiration for this lecture refer to the "rationale" section of this curriculum. The lecture should address:

   - Why is public speaking important?

   - Rhetoric as an art form

         - Invoking the muse 

          - Style

   - Persuasion

Day Two:

How to write a speech

   Establish the important parts of a written speech. 

         a) purpose

         b) audience

         c) message

         d) structure


Assignment One


Day Three:

Cathey Steinberg

   - Give students a background of Cathey Steinberg's career, her positions, and the context of the speech.

  - Students will divide into partners. Each parternship will have one of Cathey Steinberg's speeches. 

   -The partners will....

         - Study her speeches

         - Identify the four key aspects of her speeches: purpose, audience, message, and structure.

         - How does she address each of these elements in her speech?


Assignment Two


Day Four:

Nell Trotter

   - This time, give students no context for her speech and tell them nothing about Dean Trotter.

-The Partners will....

         - Study her speeches

         - Students will attempt to identify the four key aspects of her speeches: purpose, audience, message, and structure.

         - How does she address each of these elements in her speech?

         - How do these elements tell us about who she is, where and why she is speaking? 

   - Have several students share what they think is the context of the speech. 

   - Give students actual biographical information of Dean Trotter and explain that a speech should have identifying markers to clue in the audience.


Assignment Three


Day Five:

How to Give a speech


Assignment Four


Day Six:

Pearl Cleage

Begin the class with students watching Author Pearl Cleage's video.

As a class:

   - How does Pearl Cleage talk about the process of writing?

   - What does she say about the process of speaking?

   - What elements does she use that are part of the classical oratory tradition? (mentioning legends, celebrities, invoking the muse, repitition, parallel structures)

   - How does Pearl Cleage use humor in her speech? Is this effective? 

   - What does Pearl Cleage say about women's oratory history and traditions?


Assignment Five


Day Seven:

Shirley Franklin

   - Have students watch Mayor Shirley Franklin's first speech.

      - Identify audience, purpose, message, and context.

      - Replay section 12:00- 14:30, what is she doing specifically during this section? How does her tone change?

   - Have students watch the second speech.

      - Identify audience, purpose, message, and context.

      - How is her tone different in the second video? 

      - How does she build a framework for what she will say?

      - Why does she mention the former mayors of Atlanta?


Assignment Six


Day Eight:

Class will give speeches.

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