We began class on Monday with announcements. After announcements, we heard our LA in the News from Amber. After this we discussed Chavez’s speeches and looked at what makes a speech a good primary source. This is important for our class, because as a historian one of the most important things is to be able to look at primary sources and be able to make conclusions and tie the sources with our arguments in history.
We talked about questions we must ask when discussing a speech:
Context- is it a reactionary speech or a new policy speech?
Who is the audience?
The speaker’s point of view?
What are the limitations?
How is the tone and delivery?
After discussing this, we watched Chavez’s speech. As a class we responded to what we saw in the speech. Some of the responses included, that the speech seemed to be prepared and very theatrical. Another word used to discuss this speech was provocative. This is important to look at, especially with what we are learning because we got to see Chavez addressing other Latin American countries and other countries, discussing his policies and how he thought America was the real problem. We then talked about Chavez’s vision for Venezuela. He talked about how he wanted to use oil money to better the education and healthcare in Venezuela. He then compared himself to Jesus and other Latin leaders from the past, like Bolivar and Castro.
We then split up into groups to discuss our HAP and the speeches we did the homework on.