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Speaker, Audience, Purpose--English I

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Melissa Arnold

on 8 October 2012

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Transcript of Speaker, Audience, Purpose--English I

Nonfiction Texts Skills of Focus: Speaker, Audience, Purpose Speaker Audience Purpose Speaker:
Go BEYOND THE OBVIOUS! This is the place where you analyze who the speaker is as a person and why they have the authority to be speaking on the topic that is being discussed. DO NOT under any circumstances just list a name. The name of a speaker means NOTHING. Who is this person? For Example: If the speaker's name was Mrs. Arnold you would analyze the speaker by saying something like....

Mrs. Arnold is currently teaching her eighth year of English at Coppell High School. She has an undergraduate degree from New Mexico State University in secondary education and a graduate degree in eduational leadership. Mrs. Arnold has researched and written many papers that focus on the different types of leadership skills necessary in order to effectively lead future educators towards the goals of 21st century learning. Audience:
GO BEYOND THE OBVIOUS This is the part where you analyze the intended audience. Do not just state one word answers. Tell me about the audience members themselves. For Example: (keeping in mind speaker still)

The audience members are the staff members at Coppell High School who are interested in learning more about different leadership skills in order to incorpate these skills into thier classes and change the future of the education of their students.

Notice how I did not just say staff members at CHS? Purpose: Why? Why is the speaker speaking about this topic?
Go beyond the obvious! The Obvious:
To Persuade
To Inform
To Reflect
To Ask A Question
Etc... Example: Why? To inform...The Purpose..

Mrs. Arnold is addressing the audience in order to give them the skills necessary to really recreate their way of teaching with the hope that they will take this information back to their classrooms and change the lives of their students. So what does this all mean? Simple...
All three (Speaker, Audience, Purpose) work together to create a perfect argument! Next Step:
Together as a class we will read the excerpt from ESPN Magazine told by Josh Hamilton to Tim Keown
As we are reading focus on who you think the speaker is, who the speaker is talking to, and why the speaker feels the need to address this topic Context
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