Relevance to curriculum
Participation in the Race Unity Speech Awards has clear connections with the achievement objectives under ‘Speaking, Writing and Presenting’, including showing understanding of audience, developing ideas, using language features and organising text using effective structures.
Preparations for participating in the Speech Awards or the Race Unity Hui can also connect strongly with the ‘Listening, Reading and Viewing’ achievement objectives. As outlined in ‘Key documents’ above, preparations can include reading, analysing and discussing a range of texts related to race relations. The depth of the analysis and discussion can be tailored to the needs and abilities of the students.
Ideas for English classes
Oral text assessment– The Race Unity Speech Awards could be used as the basis for an internal oral text assessment (as per AS90857, AS91102 or AS91476). Help students think about the full range of topics they can explore by discussing the five ‘Questions for speakers’ in the speech topic document. Each student composes a speech addressing two or more of the questions in the speech topic and shares their speech with their classmates.
Language techniques – Another option would be for students to look at past speeches made for the Race Unity Speech Awards and analyse the language techniques used by speakers (speeches available on www.youtube.com/c/raceunity). Students could also attend the regional or national Speech Awards, reflecting afterwards on what speeches had the most impact on them, and why. This activity could inform students’ learning and preparation for other assessments.
Drawing connections between texts – Some of the key documents listed earlier in this pack may be suitable for internal assessments where students draw connections between different texts (AS90852, AS91104 and AS91478). Past speeches by national finalists in the Race Unity Speech Awards could also be used www.youtube.com/c/raceunity). These texts could be paired with more conventional texts that address race relations such as the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, the film Remember the Titansor the poem ‘A Pakeha Friend Tells a Maori Joke’ (Hone Tūwhare).