Political Stump Speech with Adobe Spark Video

Students learn about, create, and share a political stump speech
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What's Your Political Stump Speech with Adobe Spark Video
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About This Strategy

In this 2.5-hour strategy, students learn how to create a political "Stump Speech". The style of this speech can be described as the core message of what the politician represents. Students develop and clarify their own stances on important issues and use Adobe Spark Video to share their point of view while showcasing their research, presentation and speaking skills.

Because Adobe Spark Video enables students to create a dynamic audio and visual experience, this strategy empowers students to demonstrate how they can creatively present information. This strategy may be adapted for use with Adobe Premiere Rush.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student sample
  • Adobe Spark Video
  • Adobe Premiere Rush
  • Editable Resource Bundle
  • PDF Resource Bundle

Outline for Teachers

Learn

Students should begin by learning about what makes a great stump speech using the following resource. Next students should answer the guiding questions found here. Students select (or are assigned from a list) at least three core political issues such as climate change, immigration, systematic racism, or renewable energy to research and then develop their own specific opinion.(30 minutes)

Evaluate

Students create a written draft of the speech to ensure consciousness and to improve the quality when they speak using the guidance here. Students use this graphic organizer to develop their speech. (50 minutes)

Create. 

Students follow the steps here and guidance here to create their 2.5-minute stump speech using Adobe Spark Video. Students can examine this example. (70 minutes)

Share. 

Students share and publish their speech and share it with 2 other students for review. This is an opportunity for students to reflect on what they have learned.

Steps for Students

You will learn how to create a political "stump speech.” A stump speech is the politician's core message, the speech that is given multiple times during a campaign day. You will develop and clarify your own stances on important issues and use Adobe Spark Video to create and share a stump speech that represents where you fall in on the political spectrum. 

Adobe Spark Video is an easy-to-use tool that empowers you to create professional looking videos.

Steps:

1. Start by learning about what makes a great stump speech using the following resource. Next, watch former President Barack Obama’s 2004 stump speech analysis. Consider the following: (30 minutes)

  • How does he connect with the audience?

  • What does he say to hook them? 

  • How does he introduce the issues?

  • What are the 3 things that make Obama’s speech effective and how could you incorporate that approach in your own speech?

Now, that you have a better understanding of what makes a good stump speech, choose three core political issues such as climate change, immigration, systematic racism, or renewable energy to research. 

2. Create a written draft of the speech. Use this graphic organizer to develop your speech so that it includes a hook, a clear thesis statement, and a bullet outline of how you will address your 3 core political issues. This is an important step because this process will not only be a script to guide you when you speak, but it also helps you to process your thinking which will make your presentation better. A normal speaking range is around 130 words a minute, so you should aim for approximately 300 words. (50 minutes) 

3. Finally, you are ready to create a 2.5-minute stump speech using Adobe Spark Video using the guidance here. For more support, check out this video tutorial. (70 minutes)

Your video should include 6 slides with a 20-second recording on each slide. Each slide should include a narrative message, a video or image, and text if appropriate.  

  • Slide 1: Intro

  • Slide 2: Topic 1 intro

  • Slide 3: Topic 1 continued

  • Slide 4: Topic 2 intro

  • Slide 5: Topic 2 continued

  • Slide 6: Topic 3

  • Slide 7: Topic 3 continued 

  • Slide 8: Closing

4. Share your Adobe Spark Video as directed by your teacher.

Rubric for Successful Analysis

Consult the attached rubric in order to evaluate students' videos.