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Speech in the Virginia Convention

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This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings social studies to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings social studies to life with comics and storyboards.
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Speech in the Virginia Convention

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Read Patrick Henry's Speech in the Virginia Convention (available online).

Opening Discussion

Create a KW(H)L chart for the American Revolution:

  • What do you already know about the "Liberty of Death" speech?
  • What do you want to know?
  • How could you learn more?
  • What does "liberty" mean?
  • What does the statement "liberty or death" mean to you?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Comic Strip or Storyboard
    Summarize Main Idea

    Track major ideas throughout reading and complete at the end of the text.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Rhetorical Devices

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Vocabulary

    Complete during and after close reading.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Timeline (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Timeline of the significant and relevant events before and after the "Liberty and Death" speech.

  • Extension / Modification
    Character Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Character Map for Patrick Henry.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • What did you already know about the "Liberty or Death" speech?
  • What new information or insights did you learn about the real speech?
  • Did anything surprise you? Why or why not?
  • What strategies did you use to understand the language of the speech?
  • How are the issues and hopes discussed in the speech similar and different to current political issues?
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Pixton Activity: Speech in the Virginia Convention 1 Summarize Main Idea

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Intro

Track major ideas throughout your reading and complete at the end of the text.

Instructions

Create a Comic Strip or Storyboard to summarize the main ideas of the speech:

  • Identify the key points or ideas important to the main idea
  • Include an appropriate illustration and dialogue.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Example Comic Strip

Sequence of Ideas "Liberty or Death" by Student
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Pixton Activity: Speech in the Virginia Convention 2 Rhetorical Devices

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Intro

Review the following terms:

  • Rhetoric: The art of persuasion.
  • Orator: The speaker or writer who is attempting to persuade the audience.
  • Ethos: Credibility or trust; The orator cites credible sources or establishes their own credibility through a professional tone or title.
  • Logos: Reason or logic; The orator uses logically organized arguments by referencing studies, statistics, or logical analogies.
  • Pathos: Emotions or values; The orator affects the audience's emotions using stories, vivid imagery, and inspirational quotes.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard to illustrate at least three examples of ethos, logos, and pathos used in the speech:

  • Identify the element of rhetoric in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of the example of the element.
  • Include appropriate illustrations and dialogue for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Example Storyboard

Rhetorical Devices "Liberty Or Death" Speech by Student

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Pixton Activity: Speech in the Virginia Convention 3 Vocabulary

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  • Mind Map

Intro

Closely read the Patrick Henry’s "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” Speech (available online) to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard to illustrate the literal or symbolic meaning of at least four words from the speech:

  • Identify the word in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed definition of the word as it is used in the text.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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