Take a Position, Create A Vision: Persuasive Speeches and Campaign Posters
Political posters and persuasive speeches inspired by the 2008 presidential election campaign.
The election of America's first African American president prompted 11th grade English classes at Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School to realize that a clear vision combined with the right words and images could influence and inspire profound change. Tapping into their passions and utilizing cutting edge computer software, these students exercised their freedom of speech to create profound political posters and write persuasive speeches. The range of issues they chose is remarkable; the student-writers of Take a Position, Create a Vision return us to democracy.
Curriculum Embedded Project
Inspired by the 2008 election season, Kevin Greer, an 11th grade ELA teacher at the Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School, sought to teach rhetorical forms and speech writing to his students. He partnered with Christy Herbes, Media Arts Teacher, who incorporated Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator into her classroom to create stylized political posters. As a result, their students wrote position speeches and designed campaign posters to be published and shared with the school and local community.
- Author: Eleventh Grade Students at Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School, 2008-09
- Price: 27.0
- Year of Publication: 2009
- Binding: Paperback
- # of pgs.: 254
"The ability to articulate your position in a world with diverse and often conflicting opinions is a key to success. All of the speeches reflect critical thinking and thoughtful deliberation covering issues that politicians tackle every day. The commentaries of the students are both instructive and profound. I salute BCAM and the superior quality of education that is reflected in their work product. Congratulations."
Letitia James, Councilwoman, Brooklyn, District 35
"If anyone ever doubts the genius of today's young people, all they have to do is read and view the speeches and artwork of the students of Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School. Be it relations with the police, love, personal identity, or last year's historic presidential election, they have created a book, a work of high scholarship and great art, that says they are leaders and visionaries, now, for these times."
Kevin Powell, activist, writer, public speaker
"I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the 11th grade class of Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School on their Student Press Initiative's spring publication. These young men and women truly are the city and the nation's future and have shown incredible promise as they strive towards becoming educated, passionate voices for our community."
Rev. Al Sharpton, President, National Action Network