In-class activity for language

To illustrate the importance of rhythm in language, have students volunteer to read excerpts of two pieces in a way that was never intended. For example, I asked one student to read the school’s fight song as if it were a bedtime story and another student to read a bedtime story (“Goodnight Moon” is a great choice) as if it were a fight song. Most likely both students will have trouble with this and it makes a nice example of how the language rhythm and devices like assonance (in “Goodnight Moon”) also affect the speech.


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I believe public speaking can go from most dreaded class to favorite class. I'm a former public speaking college instructor who spent years seeking out activities, assignments and examples to make the class interactive as well as educational -- they are collected here. I welcome suggestions for additions.

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