As we get started, we wanted to share just a couple additional resources:
Below, is a link to a short video made by the Maya Angelou Academy about their speechwriting competition. We recommend you give it a watch to gain some inspiration and see how meaningful this speechwriting can be for students.
We have also linked to two additional short speeches that you could potentially use in your classroom. These are recent speeches that would be both engaging and relevant to your students.
Click to watch this short video to see how a speechwriting contest can be engaging and impactful for students in juvenile facilities. The video was made by the Maya Angelou Academy about their annual speechwriting contest and unit. Our Unheard materials are modeled after the Maya Angelou Academy's unit.
In this speech, Killer Mike speaks about the death of George Floyd and the protests that were happening in Atlanta as a result.
In her speech, Letrata speaks about the shooting of her brother, Jacob Blake, by police and calls for change.