The cultural artifact speech is a product of our increasingly diverse culture. It is a speech that allows us to come to know more about the many cultures represented in our country as well as our classrooms. The best cultural artifact speeches will 1) teach us about the artifact that is the focus 2) teach us about the culture from which the artifact comes and 3) teach us a little about the speaker.
Good cultural artifact speeches help us break down the stereotypes of difference and help us to look at people from cultures other than our own as unique individuals. For the purposes of this speech we will use a loose definition of cultureThe earth from which you grow. Under this definition, all of the elements that are part of the environment that has shaped your identity are part of your culture. These cultures are not necessarily based on racial or ethnic groups but may also be based on group affiliations such as deaf culture, gang culture, and youth culture.
All of your research should come from your personal background. You need to choose a physical item that is readily available to you. This item should have both personal and cultural significance. The history of the item you are discussing should come as second nature to you. Most Jewish people can recite the story behind the menorah without pause, many African-Americans can share the story of Kwanzaa, deaf people will readily share the history of American Sign Language and Muslims can quickly tell you the significance of their prayer mats. The item you choose should be as much a part of your identity as it is a part of your culture. You will need to share the cultural significance of your item as well as its personal significance to you. You will also need to decide whether your speech should include a demonstration of the use of the item.
PLEASE SUBMIT AN OUTLINE FOR THIS SPEECH. HOWEVER, IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO CITE SOURCES OR HAVE A WORKS CITED PAGE UNLESS YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE ONE.
Students may choose to include a few of the following demonstrations along with their explanation of artifacts. Some examples may be: how to braid corn rows, how to get out of quicksand, how to drape a sari, how to do salsa dancing, how to do break dancing.
Begin with an attention step. Once you have gained the audiences interest, introduce your thesis statement and preview of main points. The body of your speech should have 2-3 main points with 2-3 sub points beneath the main points. You should have transitions between your main points. These should review the previous point and preview the next. Your conclusion should wrap up the presentation. Remind your audience of your main points and leave them with concluding remarks that will help them remember your speech and the item you have discussed.
Use clear, descriptive language to share the importance of your item. When necessary, define culture-specific terms and explain them in language that clarifies the meaning for your audience. You may also want to use one-two personal stories that give your audience insight into the importance of this item within your life and your culture