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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

American Rhetoric - Famous Speeches from Politics and Entertainment

American Rhetoric is a large collection of famous speeches from the worlds of politics and entertainment. On American Rhetoric you can find speeches like Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. You can also find memorable speech scenes like, Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) speaking to his team before the championship game in the movie Hoosiers. Some of the speeches can be viewed as videos and some can be listened to while others are just copies of the transcripts.

American Rhetoric is more than just a collection of notable speeches, it also provides visitors with resources for learning about the elements that contribute to a good speech. American Rhetoric also offers visitors a chance to test their knowledge of famous speeches through multiple choice quizzes.

Applications for Education
American Rhetoric is a good resource for teachers looking to use notable speeches as a part of their lesson plan on US History or US culture. An engaging activity using American Rhetoric might be to have students evaluate what makes various speeches memorable and or important in US history or US culture.