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Oprah = Real-World Rhetorical Goodness

If you caught last night’s Golden Globes, you were treated to this heartstopper of a speech by Oprah Winfrey. If not, watch it now. I’ll wait.

The speech, emphasizing equity in the workplace and the power of the #metoo voices, is a model of effective rhetoric, something our kids definitely need to not only hear, but also deconstruct. (Apparently, her speech has also inspired a lot of “Oprah 2020!” chatter today. CNN gushed about the idea and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” is now calling her “HOPE-RAH.” Oprah for President? Sounds good to me!)

To help bring this timely and high-interest topic to our kids, I just finished building this set of lesson materials that dig into Winfrey’s use of metaphor, parallelism, pathos, and symbolism. These materials can serve as a stand-alone lesson or as a solid supplement to a study of Jim Crow laws or SAT-style essay prep.

Teach on, everyone!

Photo Credit: Official White House photo by Lawrence Jackson, Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain.

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