Troy University Fundamental Oral Communication
COM2241-Fundamentals of Speech
Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Valvano: Tribute speeches
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For this discussion board assignment, you will be tasked with watching two very famous special occasion speeches.
1. First, you will watch President Ronald Reagan’s Challenger speech. As you watch his address, how does it follow the characteristics described in your textbook? What specific strategies does he use that sets it apart from other speeches of special occasion?
President Ronald Reagan – Address on the Challenger Disaster (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
2. Second, you will watch Jimmy Valvano’s famous 1993 speech. How does this speech differ in tone from that of Reagan’s speech? How are the speeches different in their language? In their tone? In the audience for whom they were written?
Jim’s 1993 ESPY Speech (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
3. Third, please respond to two of your classmates’ posts.
Please discuss anything else you find interesting in comparing and contrasting these very different but famous examples of special occasion speaking.
Your post must be at least 450 words.