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07.01 Evaluating a Speaker

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on 25 June 2014

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Lesson

In this lesson, you will review the transcript of a Public Service Announcement (PSA) about distracted driving to highlight some of the rhetorical devices used. Then you will view the video version of the PSA and pay particular attention to the word choice, points of emphasis, and images used to create effect and tone.
Assignment

For this assessment, you will complete the Evaluating a Speaker worksheet.
Objectives

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

analyze an author's purpose in a text, including the ways that style and content contribute to the persuasiveness of the text
analyze a speaker's point of view, reasoning, use of evidence and rhetoric, links among ideas, points of emphasis, and tone


The speaker claim is even though you be think it might not happen to you texting while driving is dangerous and can cause you to wreck. From what the speaker says quoted from FLVS “ distracted driving kills, safe driving starts with you.” can support my theory for the speakers claim. Alex’s family also agrees with the speaker, her mother including, quoted from FLVS.“ With kids that age, I think it's more of an addiction, you know, they have to get that text; they have to be talking to somebody all the time. She believed me in so many things, and she did what I told her to do the whole time she was growing up, but this one thing we couldn't get her to quit.”.


Speakers claim and its effect on the audience
From whose point of view is the speech told?
This speech is being told in a third person point of view. For instance” I miss her smile. She had an amazing smile. One time, I remember she had just gotten her braces off, and she thought she was for sure that she was going to go work for a toothpaste company, and be one of those people that had their smile on the toothpaste box. “(Quoted from Alex’s Brown Mother ) we knew it was in third person when the speaker kept referring to herself as I and Alex’s mother. Being told the speech in third persons point of view really helped me emotionally connected with the speech, I was able to know the point of view and feel the feelings that her mom and dad and brother felt when reading this speech.

Evidence that would help support the that distracted driving is dangerous and could result in serious injury/death is this whole article. Alex Brown was born on December 29, 1991 and passed away on November 10, 2009. On just a regular day in Wellman, TX, Alex woke up and did her daily routine. She didn’t have to be at school until 9:30 a.m. so she decided to take the long route she loved but mom and dad were not so much big of a fan of that road as she was. Alex was unfortunately distracted by her phone when losing control of her steering wheel resulting in a serious wreck. Her mother and father told her not once but many times before not to take because of how dangerous it could be. Alex’s father quotes” I told her, I said, "You've got to stop this. You're going to have a wreck if you continue to do this." But, her mentality was it wasn't going to happen to her, because she looked me right in the eye and said, "Dad, no I'm not." Cause that happens to other people.”” Doctors tried many times but keep losing her; they let her family make the next decision. On November 12, 2009, Alex Brown passed away.

What evidence is presented to support the claim?
Ideas & Emphasis
Ideas stated in the speech that relate to the claim? What points are emphasized within the speech?One idea stated in the speech” After Alex died, and we went home, I got on the internet to check her phone records. And my husband came up and he goes, "What are you doing?" And I said, "I want to know if she was texting and driving." And he said she was. ” from Alex’s mother and one other line from this speech told by Alex’s dad is “I told her, I said, "You've got to stop this. You're going to have a wreck if you continue to do this." But, her mentality was it wasn't going to happen to her, because she looked me right in the eye and said, "Dad, no I'm not." Cause that happens to all the other people.”

Tone what is the tone or mood of the speaker.The tone of this passage overall is emotional but also really sad, tragic and devastating. in my opinion this passage brought more of an emotional appeal to the story. Words such as lost, dangerous, and last time used in the speech from the author to intensified the tone of these emotional comments.

Tone
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