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The Danger of Silence
1.7.15
WELL-READ WEDNESDAY
Getout your library book and read quietly for 20 minutes.
QUICKWRITE
IN YOUR WRITER’S NOTEBOOK, DISCUSS YOUR CHRISTMAS BREAK.WHAT DID YOU DO?WHAT DID YOU RECEIVE?WHAT GIFTS DID YOU GIVE?
TED TALK: TEAMWORK
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZKyVWb_Gf4&feature=youtu.be
TEAMWORK ENTRY
NOW THAT YOU’VE WATCHED THE VIDEO, I WANT YOU TO WRITE ABOUT A TIME WHEN YOU NEED “TEAMMATES,” OR FRIENDS TO HELP YOU GET THROUGH A TIME THAT YOU COULD NOT HANDLE ALONE.
POWER WRITING
FRIENDS
ENEMIES
DANGER
SAFETY
SILENCE
VOICE
Quick Chat
Turn and talk to your partner about what you think the meaning of the phrase, “The danger of silence” means.
Quick Chat
Why would it be dangerous to be silent about a bullying situation at school?
Quick Chat
Why would it be dangerous to be silent when you or a friend are experiencing a difficult situation at home?
Quick Chat
Why would it be dangerous to be silent in a situation of discrimination?
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
Who do you think said this?Why might he or she have said this?What was happening in our nation’s history at the time to have influenced this speaker?How does that play a role in the significance of the quote?
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”BECAUSE…4 minutes
READ THE ARTICLE
Read the article that I have given you.Annotate as you read.Then answer the question on the final page.
TURN & TALK
Share your response with your shoulder partner.Then we will share asa class.
TED TALK
https://www.ted.com/talks/clint_smith_the_danger_of_silence?language=en
The Danger of Silence
Let’s Discuss:How did using the quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. play a role in Clint Smith’s speech?
The Danger of Silence
Let’s discuss:In his speech, Clint mentions the core principles he posts for his students. He pays particular attention to the last one, “Tell your truth”.What does he mean by this?How does he tell his truth at the end of the speech?
The Danger of Silence
“Silence is the residue of fear. It is feeling your flaws, gut-wrench guillotine your tongue. It is the air retreating from your chest because it doesn’t feel safe in your lungs. Silence is Rwandan genocide. Silence is Katrina. It is what you hear when there aren’t enough body bags left. It is the sound after the noose is already tied. It is charring. It is chains. It is privilege. It is pain. There is no time to pick your battles when your battles have already picked you.”What do you notice about the excerpt?
The Power of Courage
YOUR TURN!Courage isContinue in your writer’s notebook. Use Clint Smith’s speech as a guide for your writing.
TURN & TALK
Share your quickwrite with your shoulder partner.Then we will share as a class.
START THE CONVERSATION
Listen to me as I read the article.Annotate as I read.To Write Love on Her Arms(TWLOHA) is anAmericannon-profit organization[1]which aims to present hope for people struggling withaddiction,depression,self-injuryand thoughts ofsuicidewhile also investing directly into treatment and recovery.
START THE CONVERSATION
Now that we’ve read the article, write an objective summary in your writer’s notebook.Remember: You need a beginning, middle, and end.Include at least 2 pieces of textual evidence.Include text talkers.Include transitions.
TURN & TALK
Share your summary with your shoulder partner.
ARTICLE GROUP PROJECT
Each group will receive a different article.Each member of the group will read and annotate their article silently.After reading the article, each member of the group will write an objective summary about their article.
OBJECTIVE SUMMARY
Your summary should do the following things:What is the article about?In what situation are they discussing silence?According to the article, issilence dangerousin this situation?How does your group feel about these claims?
AFTER THE SUMMARY
Once everyone has written their summary, each member will share their summary with their group members.The group members will work together to decide who wrote the best summary.Then the group will present the best summary to the class.
SUMMARY PRESENTATIONS
The presenters are to present their summary and discuss how silence is discussed in their article.In what situation are they discussing silence?According to the article, is it dangerous in this situation?How does your group feel about these claims?During the group presentations, the audience members are to write down 2 facts that they learn during the presentations.
FIND YOUR COURAGE VIDEO
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dg1rCq0uIQ
VIDEO RESPONSE
Now that you have watched and listened to the video, respond to it.How did that video make you feel?What did you learn from that video?

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