Goal: To help students evaluate special occasion speeches in light of course material; to expose students to various types of special occasion speeches.
Time: 30 minutes
1. Instruct students to watch an awards show, such as the Grammys, the Oscars, the Emmy Awards, the ESPYs, or the MTV Video Music Awards. While observing the awards show, students should analyze and take notes of the different functions of special occasion speaking taking place. For example, an awards show will likely include elements of entertainment, commemoration, and social-agenda setting. Ask students to be specific in their descriptions and be prepared to discuss their analysis with the class. Students can also critique speeches of presentation, award acceptance speeches, and speeches of inspiration.
2. Facilitate an in-class discussion for students to share their findings.