Group activity: Integrating source material into a speech Rhetorical situation: You and your group have been invited to a symposium on fictional characters who are memorable. Your task is to introduce the audience to a fictional character and explain, using the character’s words and actions, why he/she is memorable and/or worthy of admiration. At the end of the symposium, the audience members will vote on which characters to include in a Fictional Characters Hall of Fame.
Audience analysis: Your audience is made up primarily of scholars and enthusiasts. You can assume that they are highly educated, and that they have respect for the fictional characters who will be discussed. They come from a variety of backgrounds, so you should assume and be sensitive to differences. Most of them will be familiar with the characters who are talking about, but not all of them.
The character your group is working with is
YODA from Star Wars
Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them not. Miss them not. Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed, that is.
Once you start down the dark path, forever it will dominate your destiny. Consume you it will.
Truly wonderful the mind of a child is.
You think Yoda stops teaching, just because his student does not want to hear? A teacher Yoda is. Yoda teaches like drunkards drink, like killers kill.
In your groups:
Read the quotes and, if necessary, do additional research on your character. You’ll have 15 minutes to craft a single presentation making the case for this character to be inducted into the Fictional Characters Hall of Fame.
You will have 90 seconds to present to the audience. In those 90 seconds, you should summarize, quote, and paraphrase your character and any other research you’ve done. Make sure that as you do so, you are respectful of the character and audience. Only one member of the group needs to speak.