Each 8th-grade student writes and delivers a speech that is both personal and research-based to advocate for a local, national, or global cause. The speeches are inspired by their summer reading, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
, an extraordinary true story conveying that the human spirit, innovation, and advocacy can surpass struggle and hardship. The novel fosters the idea that the essence and power of a single person’s capacity can enhance the community and its people.
Many 8th graders say this is one of the biggest challenges of their middle school experience, but also the most satisfying. Delivering these speeches gives every 8th grader a chance to find their voice, explore their purpose, and encourage reflection and action in those around them.Click here for more about the assignment.