Silence Breaker Research Speech
We studied Plato’s “The Allegory of the Cave” and Purple Hibiscus. It is actually not unusual that human beings experience enlightening moments that change their perspective about the world, but it is rare indeed for people to find enlightenment and then decide to change something about their society as a result. Though rare, throughout history and across virtually all cultures, there have been extraordinary people who after becoming enlightened to injustice in the societies in which they lived have rebelled in order to create change for the greater good. In many cases, these people have suffered punishment or tragedy (like the prisoner in Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” who was literally killed when he offered a dissenting opinion); in all cases, they have struggled in some way. While they could have chosen to just change their own lives, they chose, instead, to change their world. To fully appreciate the commitment and courage it takes to challenge the status quo, in the next two weeks, you are going to learn about some other famous people who exhibited these qualities. You will do this through research, reading, and listening to presentations.
To teach your classmates about a specific person or group of people through research and presentation.
You will work in small groups to put together a speech. (No, you may NOT pick your group. Groups will be assigned.)
SPEECH/PRESENTATION REQUIREMENTS (See the RUBRIC for more information.)
1. Length: 15-16 minutes
2. Visual aid: Google Presentation or Prezi (without much text). (Must be shared with me by the beginning of class on Monday, January 8th , despite the date of the actual presentation.)
3. Cite at least FIVE different sources in your speech. (Cite Verbally)
4. A Works Cited page in MLA format.
5. A completed OUTLINE due before break.
MANDATORY TOPICS TO RESEARCH:
CHOOSE ONE PERSON:
With your group, pick one person from the list below. Multiple groups cannot pick the same topic. Assignments will be given on a first come, first serve basis.
Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan) Indira Gandhi (India) Benazir Bhutto (Pakistan)
Aung San Suu Kyi (Burma) Nelson Mandela (South Africa)
Kim Dae Jung (South Korea) Harvey Milk (USA) Wangari Maathai (Kenya)
The Mirabal Sisters (Dominican Republic) Rigoberta Menchu (Guatemala)
Qui Jin (China) Fidel Castro (Cuba)
PRESENTATION ATTENDANCE POLICY AND GROUP WORK POLICY:
Groups will present on the day they are assigned. If you are excused absent on the day of your presentation you MUST contact a group member AND Ms. Kim BEFORE class. A 20% deduction will ensue for a late speech.
**Also, if a group member is consistently absent or fails to complete assigned tasks, the individual may be dropped from the group. The dropped individual will be required to work independently and do many extra assignments in order to receive credit.
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