Assignment: Speech

Take a famous speech, and film it.


Suggested techniques

If you have access to audio recording of the actual speech, consider using that.

Add on-screen text explaining why this is significant.

You can film the speaker making the speech, or cut away to other appropriate images and sequences: for example, if you were doing Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech, you could add in images and scenes illustrating the Cold War and the Iron Curtain.

Use plenty of body language to emphasise the speech.

Add music.

For teachers: benefits to students

  • The student will get closely involved with the speech, which helps them understand why it is important.
  • Dramatic reconstruction helps them understand rhetoric.
  • Finding images and music to enhance the presentation requires detailed research.


  • Ages 14+
  • Suitable for groups
  • History, politics, current affairs

Downloadable resources

Downloadable resources

A historical template depicting the scene from the Gettysburg address. Use it to give presentations on public speaking, American history or record your own rendition of the speech.

Click the link to download a Moviestorm movie template.

File size: 482KB


Installation instructions

Download the file and extract the zip folder to this location:

  • Vista, Windows 7, Macs: [Username]/Moviestorm/Movies
  • Windows XP: C:/Documents and Settings/[Username]/Moviestorm/Movies

Permission is granted to download, copy, and redistribute this page.

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