I’m working on a English question and need guidance to help me study.

The first TED Talk is called: “The Biology of Our Best and Worst Selves” | Robert Sapolsky

you can search for it online to WATCH or I have attached the transcripts of both.

  1. What is the speaker’s main argument? Or what is his thesis?
  2. Name at least 3 specific examples/pieces of evidence he uses to support his argument? What kind of stories/evidence is Sapolsky telling his audience in the speech?
  3. What was the biggest takeaway that you had from this video? What interested you the most?
  4. How does Sapolsky organize his speech? When do those stories show up in his speech? When does he give that evidence? Is there any pattern you can discern or figure out from where he places that specific evidence?
  5. What is Sapolsky’s purpose? What does he want from his audience?
  6. What is Sapolsky’s tone? Is his tone successful in connecting with his audience?
  7. What examples of ethos, pathos, or logos does Sapolsky use in his speech? Are these examples of ethos, pathos, logos effective or not?
  8. How does this TED talk add to what you have already learned during this Zootopia(The Disney movie) unit? Can you draw any parallels with Sapolsky’s TED Talk to any of the other sources from this unit?

The second TED Talk is called: “How Books Can Open Your Mind” | Lisa Bu

1. What is the speaker’s main argument? Or what is her thesis?
2. Name at least 3 specific examples/pieces of evidence she uses to support her argument?
3. What was the biggest takeaway that you had from this video? What interested you the most?

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