4 TED Talks to Use While Teaching Things Fall Apart

Here we go again...

1.  “What makes a good life?  Lessons from the longest study on happiness” by Robert Waldinger

Okonkwo is obviously an unhappy man.  Turns out the key to happiness is the relationships we build.  I guess someone should tell Okonkwo that...

2.  “How movies teach manhood” by Colin Stokes

I love the ideas presented in this talk.  I think the messages that we're sending to our kids through film aren't always inspiring.  Don't get me wrong, I don't believe in censorship.  However, when society has a test to determine how female inclusive a film is and most films fail it, there's a problem.

3.  “The Five Major World Religions” by John Bellaimey

Many of my students don't know anything about religion outside of their own.  This video was, for many of them, an introduction to other religions.  I connected it to the book through the theme of imperialism.

4.  “How Africa can use its traditional knowledge to make progress” by Chika Ezeanya- Esiobu

I think that the aftermath of colonization is important.  It is important that Africans don't see themselves as equal.  Why do they accept western ideals before embracing their own?  We viewed this video in the context of imperialism as well.

As always, students were to look for the main idea, supporting details, ethos, pathos and logos, and how the talk connects to the central text.

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