The People Speak: Jasmine Wirth Film Reflection

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This is my reflection for the film, The People Speak.


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The People Speak:

The People Speak Film Reflection Jasmine Wirth

Howard Zinn:

Howard Zinn Historian and author of A People’s History of the United States . His book inspired the premise for the film, The People Speak


T he film, The People Speak , presents history from perspectives not often highlighted in the most widely broadcast historical documentaries. As Howard Zinn discusses in the film, history is being presented from the perspective of the “trouble makers”, the ones who actually lived through the events, not the empowered individuals of the time.

Integrated Teaching Strategy #1 Primary Source Documents:

Integrated Teaching Strategy #1 Primary Source Documents Throughout the film, The People Speak , primary source documents are used to portray different historical perspectives. As actors and actresses read letters recounting social injustices of the past, historical information is presented in a more authentic way. Bias and omission that is often present in text books or traditional documentaries was removed as the words of historical figures were presented. Providing students with opportunities to examine replicas of primary source documents will allow them to construct their own knowledge and meaning of historical events from multiple perspectives. Students may read, deconstruct, and closely analyze these documents to piece together puzzles of the past in a way that they would not be able to from traditional text books.

Integrated Teaching Strategy #2 Songs and Poetry:

Integrated Teaching Strategy #2 Songs and Poetry In addition to primary source documents, authentic poems and songs were presented throughout The People Speak as well. Some of the most authentic representations of culture and history are present in songs and poems written by people of the time. In presenting history to students, songs and poems could be used as mentor texts to both examine and build knowledge. Students can also use these poems and songs to write their own either in response or reflection to these historical events and interpretations or to write their own original lyrics and verses about social change and injustices of past and present.

Integrated Teaching Strategy #3 Reader’s Theater & Script Writing:

Integrated Teaching Strategy #3 Reader’s Theater & Script Writing As actors and actresses present information about history through live readings of historical documents, the content comes to life in the documentary. Whether students are using primary source documents or their own historical research, they could perform these moments in time for their classmates to bring life to history just as the actors and actresses did in The People Speak . Students may perform reader’s theater based on primary source documents, poems, songs, fiction, or non-fiction texts Students may develop their own scripts to perform as demonstration of deep understanding of concepts

Integrated Teaching Strategy #4 Speeches & Public Speaking:

Integrated Teaching Strategy #4 Speeches & Public Speaking Throughout The People Speak , effective delivery of speeches really provides depth to the written word. Students may also be afforded the opportunity to practice both speech writing and public speaking. Students could write and deliver a speech about historical events, or they could take notice of what they believe to be a present social injustice and deliver a speech on that topic. Speaking and listening are incorporated into language arts standards, so encouraging students to practice these skills in addition to deepening understanding of social studies concepts is an engaging way facilitate interdisciplinary teaching and learning.