6. Persuasive Speeches

In our first semester, the persuasive writing project took the form of a letter to our Governor and brought us to see Pak Basuki up close and personal (Yay!). This semester, I wanted them to feel the power of the spoken word, as the famous poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “Speech is power, speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel”.  As part of our research, we watched inspiring speeches by kids, including by 10-year old Kid-president on changing the world and 12-year old Severn Suzuki’s speech to the UN assembly. We also made sure to watch one of the most famous speeches of all time, Martin Luther King Jr’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. Once our speeches were ready, we made some time to practice in front of our friends, but then had to go straight to recording in the next class. So please forgive us if we are still looking at the text often! Despite the minimum rehearsal, I think everyone still managed to convey their thoughts and opinions on things kids can do to help the world! Please check out the video through a link I will post up shortly. Get ready to be inspired to take the action!

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