I still fully believe, as I say in the introduction, that you can keep people's memories alive by telling them. Storytelling is extremely important to our lives, and to our histories: we each have our story and we need to tell it. So when people's lives get cut short, I feel a responsibility to tell their story in addition to my own. Their story becomes a part of mine. Envy, your story will keep being told.
Have you ever lost or been separated from someone? How did you cope with the task of missing them?
Also, we're beginning our campaign and election process this week and I'm incredibly excited about the writing and action that will come out of this. I want you to survey one another and figure out some suggestions for improving our class - there is much room for improvement. How can we do the notebook grading procedure better? How should progress reports function? How can we be updating Engrade weekly so that you have much more consistent access to your grades? Figure out some key issues that you want to tackle as you run (or help your candidate run), and we'll brainstorm about how to solve some of the issues in this class, so that we can improve its function for you.
So, a speech is one way to show your fellow classmates who you are and why you're running for this position, but the best speeches are NOT just informational, but also lyrical. You remember the poetry of speeches more than the information, so as you're writing, make sure the facts are there (who you are, what position you're running for, why you'd be good at this role, issues that are important to you), but your constituents will remember HOW you read the speech and how you can CONNECT with them. I invite you to re-think your speech and really work on your informational AND persuasive techniques simultaneously. We'll look at a few models of speeches that have been informational in nature, but creative in approach. What do you think makes a good speech?
Let's have a great week, and may the best folks win (but may we all write like the wind)!
(here's the link to the powerful speeches for Wednesday's homework: http://www.englishtrackers.com/english-blog/10-famous-speeches-in-english-and-what-you-can-learn-from-them/)