My dear students, here we are again, ready for a new term together. I hope you’ve spent your holidays in a serene way, devoted your time to kindle some of your passions and recharged your batteries. A new year full of hopes has begun but unfortunately, if you read the news, the world still seems to be full of hatred, violence, revenge, injustice and madness. I wanted to start the year with something contemporary to convey a positive message and have chosen Michelle Obama’s last official speech addressing to young people like you.
I then decided to show you this short movie ‘Today, I Rise’ by Alexandra Feldner, that will only take you a few minutes to watch, but will inspire you forever.
- We’re going to WATCH the FILM WITHOUT SOUND. What do you think the film is about? How does the film make you feel?
- Now we’re WATCHING IT WITH SOUND ON. In your group decide what the message of the film is. Write it down and be ready to report to the rest of the class.
Here’s the PDF of the paper with the text I’ve given you in class: Today I rise
The short film and poem seem to be inspired by the poem Still I Rise by Maya Angelou -(April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014 was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist) which is about the centuries of mistreatment and oppression of black people, and about the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.
- Can you find any similarities between the two poems?
INDIVIDUAL TASK: Write a short personal comment connecting “Today I rise” to your daily life. Anything you cannot accept the way it is and can change? Anything you’d like to improve or do differently? Anything you’d like to commit to? LEAVE IT AS A COMMENT BELOW.
May the new year bring you love and peace or al least bring you the wisdom to accept its imperfections.