While students have been reading the play aloud in a circle for the past several days, today I decided to step in myself in order to read the speech. While it'll be another 20 years before I'm old to enough to play Atticus in a dramatized version of the book, it was inspiring to be Atticus for the moment. It's also quite a different thing to hear the words read out loud (as I wrote on Friday) than to read them with no context. Having seen multiple dramatized versions of the shows, I was in a solid position to add the proper inflection.
While this year has been dedicated to de-emphasizing my role as a speaker, and increasing my project-design, and independent student work, there are still valid times for all forms of instructions. Direct reading, lecturing, and conversation in the front of the room isn't wrong, it's only wrong when it comes in place of students doing the work.
Atticus's speech went very well in class. After reading the speech, the class stayed silent for at least 20 minutes as they finished up their assignments. I've gotten them silent before, but 20 minutes? For that group? Atticus knew what he was talking about. Hopefully we were all inspired to go forth and do our duty.