"TOAST TO YOUR FAVORITE HISTORICAL FIGURE" speech.
Purpose: To pay tribute to your favorite person who has had significant historical impact; this MUST be a real, historically significant human being. NO fictional characters! You may consider persons significant to politics, science, religion, industry, the arts, the military, etc. (For information about special occasion speeches, see PSP, CH 17, http://publicspeakingproject.org/PDF%20Files/special%20web%201.pdf).
Your speech should be an organized, well researched and delivered tribute that praises and celebrates your subject, relates an important illustration from his/her life, and explains his/her significance to history.
Time Limit: 3-5 minutes
• One quotation
• One extended, actual example
• Three credible, complete, and different source citations
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1. Begin your project by doing some background reading on your historical figure. Preliminary reading helps you:
2. Find sources on the subject, their achievements, and their historical significance that you identified in Step 1.
3. Write your outline and prepare your presentation
These sources are great choices when looking for an overview of your person or their achievement(s), which is a perfect place to begin your project.
Biography in Context is a great resource to visit for biographical research. You can also try Newsmaker Profiles (World News Digest) and if you're researching musicians, try Oxford Music Online. Both the EBSCOhost and Gale databases will also help you acquire sources from books, journals, and periodicals.
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