Reading Informational Text - Famous  Speeches

Reading Informational Text - Common Core Aligned. The handouts, worksheets, and graphic organizers contained in this packet are appropriate for many kinds of informational reading. The examples used in explanations are from famous speeches, and I originally developed these lesson helps for a unit on presidential speeches, although you will find they apply to all sorts of non-fiction.

Topics covered: Rhetorical Devices (including figurative language and ethos, pathos, logos),Theme, Summary, and Vocabulary


- Ethos, Pathos, Logos Handouts
- Ethos, Pathos, Logos Teacher Notes
- Ethos, Pathos, Logos Graphic Organizers
RIT 9-10.6; 11-12.6; 11-12.9

- Rhetorical Devices Chart with definitions and examples
(with space for additional devices)
- Rhetorical Devices Chart with definitions to use with any speech or essay (with space for additional devices)
- Blank Rhetorical Devices Chart to use with any speech or essay
RIT 8.4; 9-10.4; 9-10.6; 9-10.6; 11-12.4; 11-12.6; 11-12.9

Theme Graphic Organizer
RIT 8.1; 8.2; 9-10.1; 9-10.2; 9-10.3; 9-10.9; 11-12.1; 11-12.2; 11-12.3

- Summary Writing Handout with example
- Excerpt from Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation
- Summary Writing Worksheet
Summary Writing Self-Check Handout
RIT 8.1; 8.2; 9-10.1; 9-10.2; 9-10.3; 9-10.9; 11-12.1; 11-12.2; 11-12.3

- Excerpt From John F. Kennedy’s Speech ““The Goal of Sending a Man to the Moon”
- Vocabulary Worksheet for Kennedy’s speech
- Blank Vocabulary Worksheet to use with any text
RIT 8.4; 9-10.4; 11-12.4

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Created: Oct 25, 2016

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