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Famous Speeches in American History – Grades 6-9 – Spring 2021 – 10 weeks

Wednesday, April 7 2021 @ 3:00PM - Wednesday, June 23 2021 @ 4:30PM EDT

| $250.00


Wednesday, April 7 2021 @ 3:00PM EDT
Wednesday, June 23 2021 @ 4:30PM EDT
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3:00PM - 4:30PM (ET)
Jonathan Meola
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Historic speeches can teach us a tremendous amount about the past history as well as the people who said these words.  They can educate us about pivotal moments, triumphs, failures, challenges and accomplishments a nation has experienced during different eras.  The history of the United States has been characterized by many speeches which have precipitated changes and impacted the way American interact with their leaders, neighbors and the rest of the world.  Americans in every century have lent their ears to impassioned voices that have stirred, challenged, convicted and profoundly affected the conscience of our nation.  These speeches have shaped American history with bold ideas, designed to persuade and influence discourse during difficult and prosperous times – creating a better nation for all Americans.

Students will identify and analyze historic speeches from American History that have guided the development of our nation.  These speeches have inspired, persuaded, informed and tugged at the minds and hearts of those who heard them.

Each week students will be assigned one or two historical speeches to analyze via video, audio or text.  A one-page analysis worksheet with guided questions will be given for each speech.  Questions and answers will be discussed in class.  Examples of questions could include but are not limited to…

What is the occasion for this speech?

What does the speech tell us about life in the United States at the time it was written?

A primary objective will be to learn what the speech teaches us about American history.  We will also focus on the relevance and impact of each speech on contemporary America.

Finally, each student will be asked to write their own “historic speech” on a topic that is currently making history in the United States.  These speeches will be recorded via Smartphone or Tablet and presented during class.


Registration deadline is March 15, 2021.

There must be a minimum of 5 students to run this class.

Reviews for this Class:

Excellent class with clear and detailed guidance

Rated 5 out of 5
August 1, 2021

I believe my rising 7th grader has greatly benefited from taking the summer Powerful Paragraphs class from Eva. There were precise and detailed instructions on brainstorming, constructing varied and expressive sentences, and usage of transitional phrases, all in the context of the different writing structures they studied each week. The weekly reviews of past lessons and the incremental addition of new stylistic techniques were great reinforcement for the concepts being thoughts. It was also useful to have the numerous sample writings provided for reference with each lesson. Through out the class, they kids had a growing list of “banned” words to encourage them to choose more expressive and nuanced alternatives (started with one or two and grew to maybe ~15). Overall, a great class for my child who is still in the early stages of honing his essay writing skills.

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Adey D.

Unsung Heroes

Rated 5 out of 5
December 12, 2020

My daughter loved learning about “unsung heroes” of the Civil Rights Movement: individuals who deserve recognition, but receive little in the history books. Ms. Eva ties in historical background information extremely well to the book to help understand the bigger picture to further appreciate Claudette Colvin’s courage.

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J.H., Virginia

Learning to love the past

Rated 5 out of 5
November 29, 2020

History. This was definitely not my strongest area as a homeschool mother. I knew to provide my kids with what they needed, I had to look at outside resources. Taking a leap of faith, I registered both my 7th and 8th grader for U.S. History with Jonathan Meola.
Learning history through simple short stories using. “A History of US,” has been fun to read-a-loud. With a subject I once disliked myself, I’ve been able to power through, and engage with my children learning to love the past. Mr. Meola is a phenomenally fair instructor, and has allowed our kids to use their creativity for the semester project. The kids have enjoyed this area most about the class. Seeing their creations from the past come to life is a gift in itself. Thank you, Jonathan! You have lit a fire for history within my children!

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Thanks for making homeschooling so much easier for us parents

Rated 5 out of 5
November 29, 2020

We have absolutely loved Jonathan’s Ancient Civilizations class this year.
He is so organized, and his classes are expertly taught – my son usually makes me leave the room but I will often go back and listen to the recordings and watch some of the videos because they are so interesting.
We are thrilled that OTA is now a vendor with our charter school, and since Z will be in middle school next year, we plan on signing up for a lot more classes.
Keep up the excellent job and thanks for making homeschooling so much easier for us parents!

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Such a Fun Class

Rated 5 out of 5
November 29, 2020

The Lego Design Series is such a fun class! It’s also much more than just playing with LEGO pieces. Currently, they’re creating a mini movie (2 minutes or less), learning about plots and characters, etc. In the past, they created environmentally sustainable cities, built a base to support life on the moon, and a few others. It has helped my daughter really dig into her creative side.

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