FDR’s Pearl Harbor Speech

7 Dec


All Classes: Pearl Harbor Speech

Today marks 76 years since the United States was attacked at Pearl Harbor by Japan. In the wake of the tragedy, president Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave one of history’s most famous speeches. We can learn some powerful skills and techniques from this speech.

Listen to the full speech here and read along with it here: FDR Pearl Harbor.  Take note of what FDR is trying to accomplish with the speech and places where there is an applause.

Skill: Anaphora

Anaphora- the first word repeater. By repeating the first word(s) of a sentence, you drive your point home.

FDR uses anaphora to emphasize the scale of the attacks by the Japanese on December 7th.  He is also using it to emphasize his point that December 7th was an extremely important day (“which will live in infamy”).

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.
Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam.
Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.
Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island.

An anaphora makes the listeners/readers predict what you are about to say.  It has a subconscious effect of creating harmony with them, because they know what to expect.  Listeners/readers that feel harmonious with you are more likely to believe you and be convinced by you.

More examples here and here.

9th Grade: OMAM

We will continue reading Of Mice and Men chapter 2. Continue working on this worksheet: Of Mice and Men Ch 2

12th Grade: Your Quarterly Requirements

As we have spoken about in class, you will experience much more freedom in the topics you read and write about. In order to assess your performance, you will be evaluating your progress in accordance to the New York State English Standards.

Here are the documents that will be used to evaluate your work:

12th Grade Simplified Reading and Writing Standards

Some skills to use in your writing


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