Monday, April 12, 2010

what's your story?

the political fellowship i am completing is huge on messaging. and by messaging, i mean story telling.
[to really understand what i am talking about, watch this video where obama shares 2000 stories in 19 minutes.]

it took me some time to first (a) establish an issue i wanted to persuade people about and then (b) decide on a personal story to use to persuade. i eventually went with education and persuading people to vote for Arizona's one cent sales tax increase to support school funding (please vote may 18th phoenicians!).

once i settled on my issue, i had to decide on a story. so, here goes another round of practice:

"my name is joanna and i'm a teacher. last year, i had a student named jezzie. jezzie was your typical 8th grade girl: she was into fashion, she liked to flirt with the boys, and she secretly was a hard worker. you know those eighth graders, not wanting to appear nerdy so to lose their "cool" reputation. unfortunately, jezzie did not grow up with the same opportunities as some of her classmates. jezzie entered my classroom as an eighth grade student reading on a second grade level, and performing mathematically on about a fourth grade level. due to having many other needy adolescents, i did not have the opportunities i needed to be able to sit one-on-one with jezzie, like she needed. however, jezzie is not alone. in arizona, roughly thirty percent of all students are like jezzie - they need that extra time or attention, mathematics manipulatives, and class sizes under thirty. thanks to your yes votes last year on the bond override, i was granted the opportunity to attain a teaching assistant to work with jezzie, and the other jezzies in my classroom. together, working one-on-one and utilizing the resources we were fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to acquire, we were able to bring jezzie to a sixth grade mathematics performance. without those opportunities, jezzie may have been left behind. without opportunities such as teaching assistants, classroom materials, and technological resources, all of the jezzies may end up falling behind in arizona. that's why, today, i am asking you to vote YES on May 18th for the one-cent sales tax increase in arizona. we need to ensure that students, like jezzie, are receiving the education they deserve. the education that grants them the opportunity to succeed in school, go on to college, and become productive members of our society. please vote yes on may 18th."

thoughts on where/how i could improve? did i convince you to vote yes?

1 comment:

Brittney said...

A-freaking-men. VOTE IN THE TAX AND SAVE OUR EDUCATION!!!!!!!!!!!