Teaching with TedTalks: The Danger of a Single Story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Introduction: Bringing media into the classroom can be very meaningful if it is used with a specific goal, focus, and context. The extensive library of TED Talks is a rich treasure of personalities, ideas, and inspirational stories that relate to many of the valuable life lessons that we work so hard to incorporate into the classroom. One of the many reasons TED Talks can be so powerful in the classroom is because it allows us as teachers to bring in a more diverse selection of voices then we normally find in our literature anthologies or other textbooks. I have created questions and activities that can be used in conjunction with several positive TED Talks. These are great to use to supplement what you are already reading and learning about in the classroom.
In order to access the speech- Go to Tedtalks.com and search Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story. (Recorded at TEDGlobal, July 2009, Oxford, UK. Duration: 18:49) This talk is a perfect length for showing in class and allowing time for response and discussion.
Suggestions for incorporating this into a class or unit: This speech is a great discussion starter and motivator for leading into a narrative, memoir, or creative writing unit. This speech could also preface the reading of a book by a new, unfamiliar author, and or a collection of short stories by diverse writers. It could be used to introduce or conclude a reading, writing, or rhetoric unit.
File includes the following items:
1) Brief Author Biography
2) Pre-Viewing Reflection
3) Active Viewing Questions
4) Post Viewing Questions and Writing Reflection
5) Next Step: Narrative Brainstorm
Teaching With TedTalks: "The Danger of a Single Story" Viewing Guide and Writing Reflection Literacy Activities
by Devon Hamilton for Contextual Classroom
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