Blog Overview:

Speech is a powerful tool that can be used to persuade, defend, communicate, manipulate, and more. Either the words being spoken, the tone and enthusiasm that they're spoken with, or both can be used to intrigue listeners. Politicians often use strategies to gain support of those who won't necessarily agree with the actual words being spoken. Poets, on the other hand, may convince readers without spoken word and simply through the elegance of their writing. Slam poetry, however, is arguably the most influential form of speech. When talented speakers convey powerful language, they seem to create the most impact. This blog will explore the influences of speeches in shaping history; specifically, the significance of poetry in bringing about change.

Questions being discussed in this blog...
What characteristics do persuasive speakers have? How has speech influence the course of history? How do politicians use speech to convey ideas and gain support? How has poetry been used to bring about change? Is speech a more powerful weapon than those that kill?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Meeting Rick!

This week I continued with my project and made decent progress. I met with a man who's offered to mentor me and advise me throughout this project. He gave me some helpful suggestions and with his help I finished the "rules and information" page that I'll be putting on the website. I'm now just about done with all the information that will be on the site. In addition to Rick, I had a few brief talks with the man who's helping me set up the website. He seems confident that it won't be a huge project and he's definitely calmed my nerves a little around the technological aspect of the contest. Plus, I have family members who've offered to give me additional help in this area. Next week, over winter break, I'll be setting up the site. I will also begin to reach out to people who I feel will be helpful in spreading the word.  On January 1st the contest will be launched!

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