Google’s suggestions for opening a speech: “With a question, with a statistic, with a quote.”
“That’s it,” Chris thought, “a quote!” And he knew just the type—Mr. Hall’s room was covered in Poe posters. Poe was the ticket.
The next day Chris stood in front of the class. “As the great Edgar Allan wrote in “The Cask of Amontillado …’” Chris surveyed the room, then took a great breath and shouted: “Ugh! ugh! ugh!—ugh! ugh! ugh!—ugh! ugh! ugh!—ugh! ugh! ugh!—ugh! ugh! ugh!”
Mr. Hall was impressed. Chris’s final grade: nine out of ten tell-tale hearts.
Jeff is a high school English teacher