Today, they were faced with the challenge of choosing their topic. The assignment is to create an argumentative, persuasive speech that incorporates a numbers of the rhetorical devices that we've been using during the Revolutionary unit. At first, topic creation was difficult. Many students told me "I have no idea what to talk about. I have no ideas!" I told them to think about things that they either really liked, or really hated. After a moment, most everyone had too many ideas. Several students started ranting about everything from swimming, to socialized medicine, and from Chipotle, to high school politics. Many said enough in thirty seconds to easily fill an hour long presentation, let alone a four minute speech. I'm optimistic that this will lead to some quality products.
In truth, whether you love or hate something, you're usually passionate about it. That's what education is really supposed to be about...igniting passions. Reading Of Mice and Men and Beowulf are fine, but in the end its about using your skills about something you care about making a product, telling a story, and forming your idea. I hope that by merging the power of love, hate, and passion, these speeches can finally be more than a project. Perhaps they can be a springboard to something beyond the walls of BW.
P.S. In a completely unrelated note, last night the BW hockey team won the Open-Class Championship! Check out some pictures from behind the glass below!