Speech Evaluation Assignment #2 1. Video URL: http://www. youtube. com/watch? v=TuW4oGKzVKc a. Speaker: John F. Kennedy 2. When the speech was given? September 12, 1962 b. Historical events surrounding the speech? Proving America’s energy and skills by deciding to send man to the moon. c. What was society like in that time frame? Society in 1960’s was marked as a time of great social changes. The civil rights act ended segregation in public facilities and racial discrimination in employment education. Music consisted of folk and rock and roll.
The 60’s were also known as the hippie era. The movement away from the conservative fifties continued and eventually resulted in revolutionary ways of thinking and real change in the cultural fabric of American life. No longer content to be images of the generation ahead of them, young people wanted change. The changes affected education, values, lifestyles, laws, and entertainment. Many of the revolutionary ideas, which began in the sixties, are continuing to evolve today.
d. What is the setting of the speech?
Rice University in Houston, Texas on a hot late summer’s day outdoors in the football stadium. 3. What is the purpose of the speech? To encourage America to keep striving to be better. To push our knowledge to the fullest. J. F. K states: “Well, space is there, and we’re going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there. And, therefore, as we set sail we ask God’s blessing on the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked. ” e.
What is the thesis statement? “We meet at a college noted for knowledge, in a city noted for progress, in a State noted for strength, and we stand in need of all three, for we meet in an hour of change and challenge, in a decade of hope and fear, in an age of both knowledge and ignorance. The greater our knowledge increases, the greater our ignorance unfolds. ” 4. Who is the audience? American citizens. f. Tell me about age, race, gender, economic information. What do you know about the people he or she is addressing?
This speech is addressed to all of America no matter age, race or gender. The people he is addressing is the people of his country and his fellow Americans. g. How do you know this information? History, research, and just having knowledge for main events that have taken place in our country’s history. 5. Give the highlights of the speech (don’t write word for word but a basic summary) To me the highlights of the speech were when he spoke about how much America has already accomplished and to look into our future and imagine what more we could accomplish as a country.
He was very enthusiastic and prideful as he spoke those words. 6. What does the speaker do so well? I think he is very good at relating to the audience and keeping it understandable and able to follow. He reminds us of how great America is and how much greater we could be. He is very inspiring and moving. He is confident and firm. h. How does the speaker move? He speaks with his hands and body movements. i. How is the eye contact? Impressive for the most part, he looks down from time to time but only to remind him of his key points. . Tell me about tone and rate: His tone is encouraging and appropriate and his rate is equally even until he starts to show excitement. 7. What impact did this speech have on society at this time? The major decision on whether to send man to the moon and “catch up to and overtake” the Soviet union in the “space race. ” k. Is this a well-known speech or speaker? Very well known, was the President of the United States from 1961 until his death in 1963. l. What relevance do the words have today?
These words are very relevant today because this goal was achieved on July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong stepped off the Lunar Module’s ladder and onto the Moon’s surface. This has and will forever go down in America’s history. 8. What can you learn from this speaker? He is very firm and confident in his speech but he also let’s loose and makes the audience laugh which in my opinion is a major part of giving a good speech. He shows hope and honor and is knowledgeable about what he is speaking about. . Why did you choose this speech? I chose this speech because I am a fan of John F. Kennedy and the way he is so uplifting to the American people and how prideful he is in our future. n. What does it mean to you? I think it means to me the same to me as it means to any prideful American. It gave us confidence in our Country and the reassurance that our President was behind us every step of the way and going the extra mile to improve this country and America’s name.
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