I had a request to post something about the current 'speeches' for Distinctive Voice as I was not running a TTA workshop this semester on this topic. I have found that the best way into this elective is to trigger understanding of the power of voice to mock, inspire and confront audiences to re-evaluate what and why something is being said. Many teachers jump straight into the speeches without stressing to students that they need to know and understand how the contextual exigency prompts language choices. I have included two of the 'ways into the elective' that I have used to make them appreciate what 'voice' is and how it 'works' in a persuasive manner. Content and delivery go hand in hand as is immediately evident by this trigger clips. They are not meant as related texts but as an entry scattergun approach to making them connect with the elective focus before they begin the prescribed texts.
It is also strategic to point out to them that some of the speeches on the list are so popular that if they have the choice of which speeches they can address in their HSC response, they will need to do something really special in their analysis to stand out from the crowd. Specificity rather than generalisation is the trick and of course a conceptual focus on what makes 'voice' distinctive, unique, and powerfully communicative.
The first 'newspaper' one quickly highlights the satiric use of voice to make a point. The second one is a lot of fun and shows how recurring patterns of voice are found in speeches that aim to inspire or arouse courage. If you go to the YouTube site, you can even download the scripts which shows that it works as a continuous speech. Someone must have had way too much time on their hands but the students get a laugh out of it. Hope they are useful to introduce or refresh appreciation of the fact that voice is used is a purposeful manner within texts.
I am an experienced H.T. English, author and presenter. I offer School based student/staff workshops in 2018. My online and face to face tuition will be expanded to include Teacher SD mentoring and workshops.