American History and Speech
American History Assignments
"Facts are stubborn things."
“These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”
"Time is what we want most, but what we use worst."
William Penn, Pennsylvania Colony
“All great and honorable actions are accompanied with great difficulties, and both must be enterprised and overcome with answerable courage.”
William Bradford, Plymouth Colony
"Win or lose, you will never regret working hard, making sacrifices, being disciplined, or focusing too much. Success is measured by what we have done to prepare for competition."
Captain John Smith of Jamestown
"I came to hazard all the freedom of America, and desirous of passing the rest of my life in a Country truly free and before settling as a Citizen, to fight for Liberty."
Casmir Pulaski (address to Congress)
"Americans need never fear their government because of the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation."
Gouverneur Morris, writer of the United States Constitution
"Having now finished the work assigned me, I retire from the great theatre of Action; and bidding an Affectionate farewell to this August body under whose orders I have so long acted, I here offer my commission, and take my leave of all the employments of public life."
George Washington, Address to Congress on Resigning his Commission,
December 23, 1783
Welcome to the United States History site. The purpose of this site is to inform you of where our study of United States history is going each day. Our studies will range from approximately 1620 - The founding of Plymouth Colony - to 1877 - The Westward Expansion that accelerated following the conclusion of the Civil War and the Era of Reconstruction. Look to this site for your assignments and also for other valuable information. Hopefully you will find that your previous historical studies (such as ancient civilization, Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Age of Exploration will provide a strong foundation for your survey of American history.
NOTE: As part of your participation in Seventh Grade Social Studies, you will need to complete a community service project. A Community Service document is now available under "Course Documents." Look it up. If you lose the copy you were given at the start of the year, print off a replacement copy for yourself.
23 April, 2019:
There will be a test over The Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution on Friday of this week (April 26). Study the guide below to prepare for the test.
1. The First Amendment names five freedoms Americans have. List these freedoms below:
a. Freedom of religion
b. Freedom of speech
c. Freedom of the press
d. Freedom to assemble
e. Freedom to petition the government
2. Name the single freedom mentioned in the Second Amendment.
The right to keep and bear arms
3. The Third Amendment is a reaction to something that the British did to colonists before the Revolutionary
War. What does the Third Amendment guarantee?
Soldiers shall not be quartered in any house without permission of the owner.
4. According to the Fourth Amendment, the police cannot search your home without a
warrant which has been issued on the basis of probable cause.
5. The Fifth Amendment guarantees what right to people being questioned by the police?
You cannot be made to be a witness against yourself: the right to remain silent
6. What does the Fifth Amendment say about being “twice put in jeopardy”?
You cannot be tried twice for the same crime.
7. According to the text, what does the “due process” guaranteed in the Fifth Amendment mean?
Due process means a fair hearing or trial.
8. The Fifth Amendment states that government cannot take private property from people unless it does
The government must pay a fair price for the property.
9. List three special rights that are named in the Sixth Amendment.
a. The right to a speedy trial
b. The right to an impartial jury
c. The right to a lawyer for your defense
10. According to the Seventh Amendment, what right do you have if you are being sued (a matter of “Common
Law” not Criminal Law) for an amount above twenty dollars?
The right to a trial by a jury
11. What restrictions are placed on bail, fines, and punishment in Amendment Eight?
Bail and fines cannot be excessive; punishment cannot be cruel or unusual.
12. According to the Ninth Amendment, the rights of people are not limited to
the rights that are stated in the Bill of Rights.
13. The Tenth Amendment states that powers not specifically given to the Federal Government are
reserved to the states or to the people.
12 April, 2019:
There will be a test over Articles V, VI, and VII of the United States Constitution on Tuesday of next week (April 16). Study the guide below to prepare for the test.
1. Article V of the Constitution lists FOUR ways by which amendments to the Constitution can be passed.
List the four ways in the spaces below:
- Proposal by convention of states, ratification by state conventions (never used)
- Proposal by convention of states, ratification by state legislatures (never used)
- Proposal by Congress, ratification by state conventions (used once)
- Proposal by Congress, ratification by state legislatures (used all other times)
clauses of Section 9 of Article I. What two things was this statement in Article V trying to protect?
a. The slave trade business could not be touched.
b. There could be no direct taxes on people like the income tax we have today.
3. What does Article VI, Section 1 of the Constitution say about money the United States government owes?
All debts of the United States will be honored under the new Constitution.
4. According to Article VI, Section 2 of the Constitution all "laws of the United States and treaties of
the United States are considered to be what?
The "law of the land."
5. What does Article VI, Section 2 of the Constitution require all judges to do in making their decisions?
All judges must make their decisions according to what the law of the land says (state laws and the
6. Article VI, Section 3 states mentions a number of office holders that must take an oath of office. List
FOUR of the office holders who take an oath.
c. executive officers of the United States
d. judicial officers of the united States
7. What is the main part of the oath that government office holders must take before starting their jobs?
They must swear to uphold the Constitution.
8. What does Article VI, Section 3 say about religious tests for public/government office holders?
There can be no religious test for public office.
9. How does what Section 3 of Article VI about religious requirements for public office compare to the
requirements for public office in the colony of Massachusetts Bay.
In Massachusetts Bay, men were required to be Puritans in order to hold public office.
10. According to Article VII, how many states needed to vote to approve (ratify) the Constitution in order for
it to become official?
Nine states were needed to ratify the Constitution.
11 By ____________________________________(month and year) the required number of states had
approved the Constitution and it became the official system of government for the United States.
8 April, 2019:
There will be a test over Articles III and IV of the United States Constitution on Wednesday of this week. Study the guide below to prepare for the test.
1. Article III of the Constitution says that the judicial power of the United States shall be placed in one
Supreme Court and in such Inferior Courts as Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.
2. Judicial power extends to the following types of cases:
a. Cases involving states and citizens
b. Laws of the United States
d. Controversies to which the United States may be a party
3. Section 2 of Article III says that the Supreme Court has original jurisdiction in cases affecting ambassadors,
public ministers, and states. What is original jurisdiction?
Nearly all of the cases considered by the U.S. Supreme Court come to it from other courts (Federal or state) on appeal -- or more accurately via petitions for a "writ of certiorari." However, under the U.S. Constitution (Article III, Section 2), the Supreme Court has "original jurisdiction" over several small but important categories of cases. That means, quite literally, that the parties can bring such disputes directly to the Supreme Court. However, the Supreme Court still has the discretion regarding whether or it will hear these cases. Original jurisdiction means that the Supreme Court can hear these cases for the first time. They do not need to be heard by lower courts first. cornell.edu
4. Section 2 of Article III says that the Supreme Court has appellate jurisdiction in all other types of cases.
What is appellate jurisdiction?
Appellate jurisdiction is the power of a court to hear appeals from lower courts. This includes the power to reverse or modify the the lower court's decision. In the federal system, the circuit courts have appellate jurisdiction over the cases of the district courts, and the supreme court has appellate jurisdiction over the decisions of the circuit courts. cornell.edu
5. Clause 3 of Article III Section 2 says that people accused of crimes are entitled to trial by
jury. except in cases of impeachment.
6. Section 3 of Article III mentions the crime of treason. Define treason.
Treason is giving aid and comfort to the enemies of the United States.
7. Who has the power to decide what the penalty will be for treason?
Congress has that power.
8. According to the text, what does "full faith and credit" mean in relation to the way that Section 1 of Article IV
says that states have to treat each other?
States have to respect each other's official acts and records.
9. Section 2, Clause 1 of Article IV says what about "privileges and immunities" from one state to another?
The citizens of each state are entitled to all privileges and immunities of citizens in all states. If you go to any state, you have the privileges that the people who live in that state have.
10. What is "extradition"? What does Section 2, Clause 2 of Article IV says what about "extradition"?
Extradition means returning escaped criminals or suspects to a state where he or she is wanted. Governors are required to extradite suspects and criminals wqho escape to their state (with certain exceptions).
11. What does Section 2, Clause 3 of Article IV say about fugitive slaves?
Fugitive slaves must be returned to the place from which they escaped.
12. What does Section 3, Clause 1 of Article IV say about parts of different states getting together to form new
states or new states forming inside of existing states?
New states cannot be formed this way.
13. What two things would have to happen before the kind of new states mentioned in question two could
Both the United States Congress and the state legislatures involved would have to approve.
14. According to Article IV, Section 3, Clause 2, who has the power to make rules about territory or other
property belonging to the United States?
Congress has that power.
26 March, 2019:
There will be a test over Article II of the United States Constitution on Friday of this week. Study the guide below to prepare for the test.
1. Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 lists these qualifications for a President of the United States:
1. Must be a natural born citizen
2. Must be 35 years old
3. Must be a U.S. resident for fourteen years
(Article II, Section 1, Clause 5)
2. In the event of the death of a President or his removal from office, the following would take place:: The Vice-President takes over (Article II, Section 1, Clause 6)
3.. Two titles for the President are: the Chief Executive and the
Commander in Chief. (Article II, Section 2, Clause 1)
4. The term of the President is Four years long. (Article II, Section 2, Clause 1)
5. Only one President has served more than two terms. The name of that President was
Franklin D. Roosevelt.
6. Why haven't any Presidents served more than two terms since 1945?
The Twenty-Second Amendment (1951) states that “no person shall be elected to the office of president more than twice”
7. The name of the special group that technically elects the President is the
Electoral College (Article II, Section 1, Clauses 2,3)
8. How many votes must a Presidential candidate have from this special group to be
9. There are two types of votes in Presidential elections. There is the Popular vote
vote and the Electoral vote.
10. Why must a Presidential candidate be concerned about the electoral map?
Presidential candidates need to pay attention to all of the states because each state offers electoral votes that can potentially lead to an election victory.
11. How were Vice-Presidents originally chosen?
The person who had the second largest number of electoral votes became the vice-president (Article II, Section 1, Clause
12. What two things do Presidents swear to do in their oath of office?
a Faithfully execute the office of the President of the United States
b. Preserve, protect, defend the Constitution of the United States
(Article II, Section 1, Clause 8)
13. Describe the military powers of the President.
- Commander in chief of the army of the United States
- Commander in chief of the navy of the United States
- Commander in chief of the militia of the several states
14. What can the President do for people who have been convicted of a crime?
The President has the power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States except in cases of impeachment
(Article II, Section 2, Clause 1)
15. Name three types of job appointments the President has the power to make.
- Public ministers and consuls
- Judges of the Supreme Court
- Other officers of the United States
16. The President has the power to make recess appointments. What is a recess
When Congress is not in session (recess), the President may make temporary appointments that will expire at the end of the next Congressional session.
(Article II, Section 2, Clause 3)
17. What limitation is there on the President’s power to make treaties with other countries?
The President needs the “advice and consent of the Senate.” (Article II, Section 2, Clause 2)
18. What special power does the President have over laws that Congress passes?
The veto (Article I, Section 7, Clause 2)
19. How can Congress fire the President? What are three types of charges they can bring
3. High crimes and misdemeanors
20. What is the rule for the salary of a President during his term of office?
The President’s salary cannot be raised or lowered during his term of office. (Article II, Section 1, Clause 7)
21. What is the rule about Presidents holding another federal job while they are President?
The President is not allowed to hold any other federal or state position while in office (Article II, Section I, Clause 7)
22. From time to time, the President must give Congress information about the general condition of
the country and he must make recommendations about measures that he thinks should be taken
to improve life in America. This report is called The State of the Union.
23. The President also has the following duties (Article II, Section III):
- He may convene one or both houses of Congress
- If Congress cannot agree on when to adjourn, the President can adjourn them.
- He shall receive ambassadors and other public ministers.
- He shall take care that the laws are faithfully executed.
- He shall commission all the officers of the United States.
19 March, 2019
On Friday, you will take a short test over Article I of the Constitution. This is the first in a series of state-mandated tests over the Constitution. You need to pass each test with a C or above. Read and study the review for test One.
1. List three reasons why the Constitution was written according to the Preamble.
2. How many houses of Congress are there? __________________ Name the houses:
3. How long is the term of a United States Representative? How many years?
4. What are the three qualifications for a U.S. Representative?
5. The number of U.S. representatives in each state depends on the ______________________
of each state.
6. When a U.S. Representative leaves in the middle of a term, how is the position filled?
7. The leader of the House of Representatives holds the title: _______________________________.
8. What part does the House of Representatives play in a Presidential impeachment?
9. What role does the Senate play in a Presidential impeachment?
10. How many years is the term of a United States Senator? _______________________________
11. What are the three qualifications for a United States Senator?
12. Who is the President of the Senate and what is the main job of the President of the
13. List FOUR steps in the process by which a bill becomes a law.
14. If the President vetoes an act of Congress how can Congress pass the law without his
15. List four powers of Congress.
16. List three things that states cannot do under the Constitution.
17. List three things that Congress cannot do under the Constitution.
18. In what house of Congress must revenue bills originate?
19. If a U.S. Senator cannot finish his or her term of office, what happens?
20. List two military powers of Congress:
21. What is the census? How often does the census happen?
Match the following terms with their definitions:
1. ______ Bill of Attainder
2. ______ Habeas Corpus
3. ______ President Pro Tempore
4. ______ Enumeration
5. ______ Ex Post Facto
6. ______ Revenue
7. ______ Veto
8. ______ Impeachment
9. ______ Speaker
10. _____ Majority Leader
a. A trial that can mean being
removed from office
b. Money/taxes for the government
c. A "law" that says someone in
particular is guilty of a crime.
d. A document charging someone
with a specific crime or crimes
e. The Census
f. The leader of the House of
g. The person who steps in for the
President of the Senate if
h. Making something illegal, then
charging someone who did it
when it was legal.
i. The President reject a bill passed
j. The leader of the Senate
k. A Constitutional provision
protecting the slave trade.
7 March, 2019
Your "How a Bill Becomes Law" game design project is due on Tuesday, April 9. Start your work on this project NOW. Don't wait until the deadline is looming.
7 March, 2019
Part B of Exploring the Constitution is due on Friday, 8 March. This assignment covers "How a Bill Becomes Law" and Questions 1-10 in "The Powers of Congress." Write in complete sentences and identify page and paragraph numbers (citations). If you need extra help, come in during Social Studies for Lunch. Use R.A.C.E. for your responses to the questions.
8 February, 2019
Part A of Chapter 7 is due on Wednesday, 13 February. This assignment covers questions 1-7. Write in complete sentences and identify page and paragraph numbers (citations). If you need extra help, come in during Social Studies for Lunch. Use R.A.C.E. for your responses to the questions.
6 February, 2019
Part E of Chapter 6 is due on Thursday, 7 February. This assignment covers questions 24-27. Write in complete sentences, and identify page and paragraph numbers. If you need extra help, come in during Social Studies for Lunch. Use R.A.C.E. for your responses to the questions.
4 February, 2019
The Revolutionary War Propaganda Recruitment Poster Project will be due on Wednesday, 6 February. Remember to include all required features in your work. Your poster should be detailed and in full color. You should have a clear war propaganda approach such as appeal to fear, appeal to patriotism, appeal to the desire to protect, or the bandwagon (Everybody's doing it.)
14 January, 2019
Part C of Chapter 6 is due on Wednesday, January 16. This assignment covers questions 14-17. Write in complete sentences, and identify page and paragraph numbers. If you need extra help, come in during Social Studies for Lunch. Use R.A.C.E. for your responses to the questions.
14 December, 2018
Your Revolutionary War Research Project work is due on the Tuesday you return from break. HOWEVER, you may earn extra credit points by volunteering to give your presentation early, starting on Wednesday. Early presenters may earn up to twenty extra credit points. Remember to follow the guidelines for quality work that are outlined in your assignment document.
14 December, 2018
Part A of Chapter 6 is due on Tuesday, December 18. This assignment covers questions 1-8. Write in complete sentences, and identify page and paragraph numbers. If you need extra help, come in during Social Studies for Lunch. Use R.A.C.E. for your responses to the questions.
3 December, 2018
Part E of Chapter 5 is due on Wednesday, December 5. This assignment covers numbers 25-30. Write in complete sentences, and identify page and paragraph numbers. If you need extra help, come in during Social Studies for Lunch. Use R.A.C.E. for your responses to the questions.
29 November, 2018
On Friday, we have our next STUMP THE EXPERT activity. You need TEN questions and Ten answers to participate in the questioning. You questions should cover the Steps to Revolution, the years 1763-1776 (The end of the French and Indian War to the Declaration of Independence).
27 November, 2018
Part D of Chapter 5 is due on Thursday, November 29. This assignment covers numbers 17-24. Write in complete sentences, and identify page and paragraph numbers. If you need extra help, come in during Social Studies for Lunch.
Use R.A.C.E. for your responses to the questions.
19 November, 2018
There will be a quiz tomorrow over the Steps to Revolution. Study the quiz guide below:
1. Name THREE big events that happened in the year 1763. Each of these events pushed the
colonies in the direction of revolting against England, the Mother Country.
2. The event that made England forbid American colonists to build settlements in the new area
won from France was __________________________________________________________________
3. The first tax that England put on the colonies was the ____________________________________.
4. The reason why England started taxing the colonies was __________________________________
5. What did the Quartering Act do?
6. Why did England create the Quartering Act?
7. What did the Stamp Act do?
8. The colonists reacted to the Stamp Act with boycotts and a petition to the government
What is a boycott?
What is a petition?
9. What were the Townshend Acts? BE SPECIFIC.
10. The Townshend Acts included Writs of Assistance. What was a Writ of Assistance?
11. In 1770, angry colonists in Boston provoked British soldiers to fire their muskets into a
crowd. Colonial leaders called this event the ____________________________________________.
12. What is a monopoly?
13. Why did Boston colonists throw British tea overboard in December of 1773? Give two
14. The British government reacted to the tea dump incident by passing harsh laws to punish
the colonies. The British government called these laws the ____________________________
________________________ but the colonists called the same laws the ___________________
BONUS: What were Committees of Correspondence, the Declaratory Act, the Continental Congress?
12 November, 2018
The next section of your Chapter 5 document is due on Wednesday, 14 November. This is Chapter 5 Part C, questions 13-16. Remember to write in complete sentences. Remember to Restate the question in your response, Answer ALL parts of the question, Cite the page and paragraph from which you took your information, and Explain and Elaborate. (R.A.C.E.) Fill in all of the writing space - ELABORATE.
1 November, 2018
The next section of your Chapter 5 document is due on Tuesday, 6 November. This is Chapter 5 Part B, questions 9-12. Remember to write in complete sentences. Remember to Restate the question in your response, Answer ALL parts of the question, Cite the page and paragraph from which you took your information, and Explain and Elaborate. (R.A.C.E.)
25 October, 2018
Tomorrow we are playing our first round of Stump the Expert! You need TEN questions and TEN answers to play. Also, you will actively and enthusiastically participate. You will receive points for your questions and points for your participation.
23 October, 2018
Part A of Chapter 5 is due on Thursday, October 25. This assignment covers numbers 1-8. Write in complete sentences, and identify page and paragraph numbers. If you need extra help, come in during Social Studies for Lunch.
16 October, 2018
Part E of Chapter 4 is due on Wednesday, October 17. This assignment covers numbers 25-30. Write in complete sentences, and identify page and paragraph numbers. If you need extra help, come in during Social Studies for Lunch.
10 October, 2018
Remember there are five categories you need to cover about your colony. Write a minimum of FIVE sentences to detail each of the five areas you need to discuss. Remember you will be giving a sales presentation to convince your audience that the colony you are pitching is the best place to live of all the Thirteen Colonies.
- Weather and Geography
- Religious Freedoms
- Economic Opportunities
- Education Opportunities
- Native American Relations
09 October, 2018
There is no assignment in social studies for this evening. However, you should spend some time on your work for "You Are the Colonial Realtor." Remember there are five categories you need to cover about your colony. Those categories are:
- Weather and Geography
- Religious Freedoms
- Economic Opportunities
- Education Opportunities
- Native American Relations
What are we we learning right now and why are we learning it? (We are learning a short history of each of the original 13 English colonies in North America. We are learning about these colonies because they eventually rebelled against England, fought a Revolutionary War with England, and became the United States of America.)
NOTE: Chapter 4 Part D (20-24) will be due on Monday, 8 October.
03 October, 2018
There will be a quiz over the Southern colonies on Thursday. Prepare by looking over your notes. Can you answer the following questions?
1. The line that divided Pennsylvania from Maryland was called _________________________________.
2. ________________________________ founded Maryland because he was a member of the
3. Carolina was named after ____________________________________; the name is in what language?
4. The most famous leader of Jamestown, _______________________________________, wrote a
story about how he was saved from being killed by Powhattan Native Americans by
5. This leader governed Jamestown by one rule. That rule was _____________________________________
6. The early Jamestown settlers were looking for ________________________________ which they never
found. Later, they became rich by growing and selling _________________________________.
7. Georgia was named after _________________________________, and it was founded by
__________________________________________. The reason the colony was founded was
8. Jamestown was named after ______________________________________, and Maryland was
named after ________________________________________________.
9. Although English colonies filled the east coast of North America, the Spanish maintained control in
10. The Act of Toleration was created in the __________________________________colony, and
it granted ___________________________________freedom to _____________________________.
11. When the founder of Maryland died, his son, __________________________________, inherited
the title of _____________________________________________.
ALSO: Chapter 4 Part D (20-24) will be due on Monday, 8 October.
25 September, 2018
There will be a quiz over the Middle colonies on Thursday. Prepare by looking over your notes. Can you identify the following?
Lord De La War
Duke of York
King Charles II
Reason why Pennsylvania was
21 September, 2018
Part 2 of the Chapter 4 document (9-15) is due on Tuesday, 25 September.
19 September, 2018
There is no assignment in social studies for this evening. An assignment will be given tomorrow (Thursday).
18 September, 2018
The quiz over the New England Colonies will take place tomorrow, 19 September. Study the questions below to prepare.
1. The leader of the Plymouth colony was _________________
and the leader of Massachusetts Bay was ______________
2. The group that founded Massachusetts Bay was the
______________________ and the group that founded
Plymouth was the ______________________.
3. What was the reason for which both Plymouth and
Massachusetts Bay were founded? ______________________
4. The famous document that the Pilgrim men all signed
before leaving their ship was ____________________________.
5. _______________________ founded Rhode Island, and
_______________________ founded the Connecticut Colony.
6. The man who held the charter for New Hampshire
7. For what TWO reasons was Rhode Island founded?
8. The people of Massachusetts Bay would have called
themselves. . . (Write the letter AND the Word.)
9. Where did the word Anglican come from?
There will also be two bonus questions. You will choose ONE to answer.
17 September, 2018
Part A of the Chapter 4 document is due on Tuesday, 18 September. You need to fill in all of the space provided with details and facts. Include citations (page and paragraph) for each answer. Large writing is not a substitute for substantive writing (Substance means quality writing that includes many facts, details, and examples). Part A is numbers 1-8 only.
7 September, 2018
The "Wrong Road" document is due on Wednesday, 12 September. You need to fill in all of the space provided with details about the story of Metacom and the overview of slavery in the colonies. Large writing is not a substitute for substantive writing (Substance means quality writing that includes many facts, details, and examples).
6 September, 2018
As most students (and parents) probably know, The PearsonSuccessnet web site has gone down. Due to this problem, the Close Reading document is due on Friday, 7 September. Each item you circle as being true based on a close reading of the text should be supported with citations from the text. Include page number and paragraph for each sentence you circle. Do not write out everything the text says about each topic. Keep your words brief.
5 September, 2018
The Close Reading document is due on Thursday, 6 September. Each item you circle as being true based on a close reading of the text should be supported with citations from the text. Include page number and paragraph for each sentence you circle. Have you printed your community service document yet? Don't forget you need TEN hours of community service completed by early April. Why postpone? Do your hours now.
24 August, 2018
If you have not yet handed in the Because-But-So document for Chapter Two, please do so on Monday. Remember that whenever you need special help, Social Studies for Lunch is there for you. Next week we will be working in class to complete your new assignment, The Art of Argumentation. As you write, prepare to take a side and conduct a debate in class. Because you are writing on both sides, you should be able to anticipate and counter the arguments of your opponent. A due date will be assigned later. Good news: Access to the Online textbook will (hopefully) happen next week!
20 August, 2018
Have you acquired a social studies notebook yet? If not, do so as soon as possible. Having a social studies notebook is essential for success. Also, you need to view and print the community service document that is available on this web site. You will do ten hours of community service work this school year. Your first social studies assignment is the Because-But-So for Chapter two of your text. The due date of 8/22 will probably be adjusted depending on the progress we make tomorrow.
Speech and Debate Quotes
“Everyone has their own ways of expression. I believe we all have a lot to say, but finding ways to say it is more than half the battle.”
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
Martin Luther King
"It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it." Joseph Joubert
“If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.”
“Don't raise your voice; improve your argument.”
Welcome to the Speech web site for seventh grade. Your study of the art of public speaking will include giving a demonstration speech, an informative speech, and a persuasive speech. You will also learn how to debate. In your debate activities, you will come to an understanding of the importance of having solid, objective evidence to support your claims. Debate will sharpen your thinking skills as well as your speaking abilities.
27 November, 2018
Be prepared for your first debate on Thursday, 29 November.
25 October, 2018
Your first speech note check will take place tomorrow. You need notes on MLK's "Funtown" and last speeches, the RFK MLK speech, and the President Kennedy Civil Rights speech.
19 September, 2018
If you have not turned in your persuasive speech claim, plan to do so tomorrow.
18 September, 2018
The next assignment is a FIVE MINUTE persuasive speech. Start preparing by selecting a topic that you plan to present to the class. A persuasive speech is a speech in which you try to convince the audience to believe a claim that you want them to believe. What will your claim be? What point do you want your audience to believe? We will take your claim statement on Wednesday, 19 September.
7 September, 2018
Your first debate is scheduled for 10 September, 2018. Be prepared. Practice at home.
5 September, 2018
Your debate argument is due on Thursday. You need three fully developed paragraphs supported with citations from your research. Remember to use objective, credible web sites for your research. Practice your presentation before giving it.
28 August, 2018
Are you ready for a note check? You should have notes about the Martin Luther King speeches, the Bobby Kennedy speech, and the Antonio Cetenos speech about How to Give a Great Speech. You also need a debate topic suggestion.
24 August, 2018
Think about a subject you would like to debate. Also, think about a topic for a persuasive speech. Your persuasive speech should be something that your audience can relate to. Remember the principles of effective speech we have studied as you prepare.
20 August, 2018
Your speech notes will be checked later this week. You are responsible for notes on the two Martin Luther King speeches and the Robert F. Kennedy speech. Include the speech points that were covered in class such as allusion and repetition.
16 August, 2018
You need a special place for your speech notes. The notebook is used to record all of your notes from class discussions and speech/debate videos. You will need to be ready to have your notes checked every so often to verify that you are following through on this responsibility.