Assignment One: Recreation of Speech

For this assignment, your group will use “A Creative Protest” as the foundational text to create a 10-12 minute presentation to a contemporary audience chosen during class. As a group, you will identify an informative or persuasive goal, an intended audience, develop a format, create a manuscript, practice, and present what you create. For example, you may choose to create a brief lesson for a class of third graders, create an inspirational message for youth activists somewhere in the world, or make a slam poem out of the materials you gather with a particular message. Be creative!

As with all critical and creative works, there are some constraints:

  1. You may not simply re-present the speech in its entirety. You must innovate the presentation in some way. However, you may leave the parts of the speech you use intact.
  2. You may not violate the spirit of the speech with the words of the speech. In other words, if you are advocating for radical action that includes the possibility of violent resistance, you may not use the material as an incitement to violence.
  3. You must put this text in conversation with three other texts. For our purposes, texts are any material artifact of critical and creative thought that include words such as essays, poems, song lyrics, magazine articles, blogs, etc. These texts should meet the criteria for appropriateness already identified in class.
  4. No more than 2 minutes of your presentation may be pre-recorded.
  5. Every group member should have an active role during the presentation, and speak for at least 30 seconds.
  6. You must include at least one visual aid other than the presentational aids Prezi or PowerPoint.

You will also complete a three or more page reflection paper that answers the following questions:

  1. How did you approach this assignment?
  2. Describe the process of creating and sharing one of your ideas for the script. Be sure to share if the idea was in the final version, and why or why not.
  3. Describe the process of listening to and evaluating one of your group member’s ideas for the script. Be sure to share if the idea was in the final version, and why or why not.
  4. What did you learn about the text for “A Creative Protest” through this process?
  5. If you could change one thing about your groups final presentation what would it be and why?

This is an informal reflection, but you are still expected to write a well-organized, well-edited response.

Other requirements:

  1. You may use your script during the presentation in accordance with the expectations for manuscript speaking.
  2. You must submit a clean copy of the script and the associated bibliography (one per group) and the written reflection (one per person).
  3. One group member must submit the electronic components of your project (if there are any).
  4. After all of the presentations are complete each of you will complete a brief evaluation of your contribution, and the contribution of your group mates, with the brief rubric provided.