Language and Power in Culture: Revolutionary Words
Further Oral Activity
Groups: 3-4 students in each group
Revolutionary ideas, and revolutions, first begin with words. These words may be presented in grand speeches that move the masses or they may be the lyrics of the songs of the time. In this project, you are going to teach the class about a particular historical and cultural context, an important figure (or group) from that context, and engage in a close analysis of a speech or song that calls for awareness and/or change in response to a particular issue from that time and place.
Historical/Cultural Details to Research:
· What are the details of the social context? (Social classes, economy, politics, racial make-up of the society, etc.) What you focus on will depend on your particular choice. · What country is the speaker/performer from and who is the intended audience for the message? · What is the specific issue/problem/conflict that is being addressed by the speaker/performer? · What is the purpose of the speaker/performer’s message and how do they accomplish this?
Biographical Details of the speaker/performer:
· What is important about the speaker/performer’s biography that would help explain their involvement and concern with the issue?
Analysis of Speech/Song:
· You will engage in a close analysis of the speech/song, examining the rhetorical, poetic, and literary features in the text and how these contribute to making the speaker/performer’s point. · Make sure you choose a speech/song that is rich for analysis. If there is little to the speech or lyrics you will not have much to say and the presentation will suffer. · Song content must be appropriate for school
· You must have a Google Docs PowerPoint that is visually organized (not jumbled and crowded) that accentuates important features in the presentation. All the information you deliver should NOT be on the slide....
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