Brooklyn students take action through words and images
Inspired by the 2008 election season, Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School’s (BCAM) publication Take a Position, Create a Vision is an impressive collection of persuasive speeches and campaign posters by 11th grade students. The students encouraged themselves and one another to get up and make a difference through writing, speaking and action.
Emerging from a year of energetic political discourse and dynamic campaign art following the 2008 elections, BCAM English Chair Kevin Greer expanded his rhetorical essay writing unit to a multi-layered project featuring published student speeches.
Giving new spirit to SPI’s concept of citizen journalists, Greer motivated his students to passionately articulate their interests and opinions through careful study and mastery of the formal qualities of rhetoric. These students used their visions and words to present strong statements on issues such as global warming, their school’s uniform policy, love and sex, the importance of basketball, and the “American Dream.”