a collection of speeches

Most of my students in Public Speaking opted for the written analysis assignment first, rather than last. I advocated for it, and am pleased with the results. One decision I had to make quick was whether fictonal speeches were acceptable. I decided, why not? Obviously students take their cues about what makes a good speech and when to give one from the movies at least as much (if not moreso?) than real life. What an interesting collection we ended up with! The basic criteria was that the speech had to be available on video/dvd so we could screen it as a class (took a lot of time, but was well worth it).


The President’s speech to the troops in Independence Day
George W. Bush’s speech regarding Hurricane Katrina relief efforts
Dwight D. Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” speech to the United Nations
“Study Abroad” by Anna Luebbering from the instructional CD
“I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King, Jr
Max Yasgur’s “blessing” to the audience at Woodstock
Wade Boggs Induction Speech to the Baseball Hall of Fame
Jimmy Valvano’s Acceptance Speech at the ESPY Awards for the Arthur Ashe Courage Award
Al Pachino’s speech as the football coach in Any Given Sunday
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Declaration of War against Japan
“Jenna” (the lead character’s) salespitch in 13 going on 30
President Clinton’s address to the nation after his testimony regarding Monica Lewinsky
The Courtroom Speech from the Boondock Saints
Winston Churchill’s address to The Dominion High Commissioners and Allied Countries’ Ministers Conference
Sir Willam Wallace’s war-inspiring speech performed by Mel Gibson in Braveheart

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