Before we move on to this week's assignment, some quick housekeeping:
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I can imagine few better opportunities for considering the importance of Epideictic Oratory than right now. You, dear Sophomores, are living though an important part of history, and there will be many points throughout the rest of your lives when you refer back to the struggles and triumphs of the next months. When, one day, you speak to a crowd about the experiences that shaped you and offer advice and perspective to your young, eager audiences, the present will surely factor into your message.
But I digress. This week, you're going practice preparing for such a speaking engagement. Over the last week that we were together, we looked at examples of epideictic oratory and discussed its purpose and necessary elements. Today, after you review the work you did in the classroom, you're going to move on to writing your own speech. Remember that you have myriad options for what kind of epideictic speech you write: If you look back on the 1 Epideictic Oratory assignment, you’ll see a sampling. It can be
You'll see above that the drafting (and eventual color-coding) of your speech is your only assignment this week. Don't, however, treat this like something you can finish in a single day. Writing takes time; oftentimes, you have to write out your thoughts, give yourself time away from them, and then return to your writing to discover that what you wrote was terrible. True story. Seriously though, you will discover that each time you return to a draft of something, you'll notice flaws that you didn't notice the last time. The wonderfully blunt American author Earnest Hemingway put it best: "The first draft of anything is...." But I digress.
Usually, I would schedule a peer review day on Friday. Since that's not possible, know that I do not expect you to do your writing in a vacuum: you are always welcome to float your writing and ideas past fellow classmates, family, etc. This assignment's rubric will help you articulate what you want potential reviewers to look for.
And, of course, I'm always happy to look over what you've written and help you. When you do ask help from others, though--whether it's from me, a classmate, or anyone else--remember to consider the following.