A speech requires a special writing style. If the speaker is trying to convey a complicated point, he or she might have to use simple sentences, pace, and repetition to communicate their message. Students can use the maps to inspire a speech about why an African American should or should not relocate to Liberia. Have students browse the Subject Index to find a map that inspires them. They can then write a speech using data from the map as facts that substantiate their arguments. For examples, they may highlight the living conditions, who else is in the land, or what climate and resources one will find in Liberia.
Students may wish to read other people's speeches as guidance. They can search in African-American Perspectives, 1818-1907, and From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909 on American Colonization Society or sermon.
- What feeling is conveyed by the language the speaker uses?
- How does the speaker communicate his main points and keep his audience focused on the main points throughout the speech?
- How long would it take to present the speech? Would an audience be patient sitting that long? How can the speaker maintain the audience's attention?
Having studied these points, students can incorporate their findings into their own writing. When finished, students can present their speeches to the class.