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  • Initial Response Due: Friday by 11:59pm
  • Response to at least TWO Classmates Due: Sunday by 11:59pm

In connection with the readings for this week, we shall begin discussion of both King & Gaiman with a TED Talk. In this video, educator Rita Pierson delivers a rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.


First, please watch the following video from TED.

“Every Child Needs a Champion” | Rita Pierson

The video is captioned, but if you need to follow along with a transcript, can’t have audio on, or are Deaf or Hearing Impaired, here is the transcript: Transcript of Pierson.docx


After you have watched the TED Talk and reviewed your notes/annotations on the two readings for this week, respond to the following questions:

  1. In your own words, what is the purpose of education? Why is it important to get an education?
  2. What is at least one thing from each of the sources that stood out to you? (This answer should include a list of at least three points and should cover Pierson, King & Gaiman.)
  3. How does Dr. King Jr.’s text or Pierson’s video relate to your experience in education so far?
  4. What is at least one quote from each source that you connected with? Why do you feel it is significant? Why did you choose it? (This answer should include a list of at least three quotes and should cover Pierson, King & Gaiman.)
  5. What was your biggest A-HA moment or takeaway? (This can be from any of the three sources or involve all three.)
  6. This question is optional, and thus you do not have to answer it to receive full points. Do you have any questions for me or your fellow classmates about any of the materials we have covered this week? (If you have questions from your Annotation Worksheets, you can post them here.)


  • Your initial response should be 150-300 words per question.
  • Your response to at least TWO classmates should be 150-200 words long and be more than “I agree” or “I like what you said.” Engage in conversation!


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