The following is the topic for Malcolm X seminar #1



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The following is the topic for Malcolm X Seminar #1:

Read MLK, Jr’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” You may find the letter on many links, but I suggest you use the following: http://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html . Compare and contrast MLK’s civil rights ideas with those of Malcolm X. Note how they use the same rhetorical strategies, such as diction, tone, and appeals, but communicate such different messages. Discussion Panel members will be responsible for conducting a dialogue concerning the topic. These students are responsible for answering all questions posed to them and responding to other panel members’ comments. Panel members must provide cited support for their answers. Answers without specific support from the text being discussed will be considered unsubstantiated and, therefore, insufficient. Audience members are responsible for providing three typed questions for discussion and for taking accurate notes of the seminar. The grades for the audience members are based on their questioning and note-taking skill. If you are absent for a seminar and you were to have been on the discussion panel, you owe me a four-page typed response to the seminar topic. If you were to have been an audience member, you owe me a two-page typed response to the topic. You must submit your typed responsed upon your return to class. You may not return to class and ask me to extend the due date for this makeup assignment.


The following is the topic for Malcolm X Seminar #2:

Read Henry David Thoreau’s essay, “Civil Disobedience.” You may find the essay on many links, but I suggest you use the following: http://thoreau.eserver.org/civil.html . You must read all three parts of the essay. On the web page, you will find a series of essays that comment on Thoreau and his writing. I recommend that you read Wendy McElroy’s essay because it helps to summarize and explain many of the ideas found in Thoreau’s essay. McElroy’s essay can be found at the following URL: http://thoreau.eserver.org/wendy.html . Compare and contrast Thoreau’s ideas about protests and rebellion with those of Malcolm X. Note how they use the same rhetorical strategies, such as diction, tone, and appeals, but communicate such different messages. Discussion Panel members will be responsible for conducting a dialogue concerning the topic. These students are responsible for answering all questions posed to them and responding to other panel members’ comments. Panel members must provide cited support for their answers. Answers without specific support from the text being discussed will be considered unsubstantiated and, therefore, insufficient. Audience members are responsible for providing three typed questions for discussion and for taking accurate notes of the seminar. The grades for the audience members are based on their questioning and note-taking skill. If you are absent for a seminar and you were to have been on the discussion panel, you owe me a four-page typed response to the seminar topic. If you were to have been an audience member, you owe me a two-page typed response to the topic. You must submit your typed responsed upon your return to class. You may not return to class and ask me to extend the due date for this makeup assignment.

The following is the topic for Malcolm X Seminar #3:

Read Gandhi's "Quit India" speech, parts I-III, and the eight brief speech fragments that follow. I want you to use the following link because it has the extra material that should be helpful to you:



http://www.mkgandhi.org/speeches/qui.htm . Compare and contrast Gandhi's approach to social injustice with those of Malcolm X. Note how they use similar rhetorical strategies, such as diction, tone, and appeals, but communicate such different messages. Discussion Panel members will be responsible for conducting a dialogue concerning the topic. These students are responsible for answering all questions posed to them and responding to other panel members’ comments. Panel members must provide cited support for their answers. Answers without specific support from the text being discussed will be considered unsubstantiated and, therefore, insufficient. Audience members are responsible for providing three typed questions for discussion and for taking accurate notes of the seminar. The grades for the audience members are based on their questioning and note-taking skill. If you are absent for a seminar and you were to have been on the discussion panel, you owe me a four-page typed response to the seminar topic. If you were to have been an audience member, you owe me a two-page typed response to the topic. You must submit your typed responsed upon your return to class. You may not return to class and ask me to extend the due date for this makeup assignment.

The following is the topic for Malcolm X Seminar #4:



Read two of Malcolm X’s speeches: “God’s Judgment of White America” and “After the Bombing/Speech at Ford Auditorium.” You may find the speeches on numerous sites, but I recommend you use the following site: http://www.malcolmxonline.com/malcolm-x-speeches.html .

Note any comparisons and contrasts in Malcolm X’s two speeches. The first was given while he was still a member of the Nation of Islam and the second was given after he had traveled to Mecca and embraced the traditional teachings of Islam. Note how he uses various rhetorical strategies, such as diction, tone, and appeals, and note whether those stylistic elements produce similar or different messages. Discussion Panel members will be responsible for conducting a dialogue concerning the topic. These students are responsible for answering all questions posed to them and responding to other panel members’ comments. Panel members must provide cited support for their answers. Answers without specific support from the text being discussed will be considered unsubstantiated and, therefore, insufficient. Audience members are responsible for providing three typed questions for discussion and for taking accurate notes of the seminar. The grades for the audience members are based on their questioning and note-taking skill. If you are absent for a seminar and you were to have been on the discussion panel, you owe me a four-page typed response to the seminar topic. If you were to have been an audience member, you owe me a two-page typed response to the topic. You must submit your typed responsed upon your return to class. You may not return to class and ask me to extend the due date for this makeup assignment.


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