BC: By Elysse R. 2009 Elbow Park School
FC: How can writing create social change? By Elysse, Grade 6, October 7th, 2009
1: Introduction | My question for our famous five project was~ How can writing create social change? I chose this question because writing has inspired me to write about the problems in the world when I'm older. I researched my topic and found two amazing women who changed the world through being authors and journalists, | Introduction | and writing about the problems in the world at that time. In this digital scrapbook you will learn about Nellie McClung and Lisa Ling, two females who tried to change people's views on certain things by writing. I hope you learn a lot.
2: Writing has been inspiring and helping people for ages. From writing newspaper articles and plays in the olden days, to writing in books and newspaper articles now, writing has created awareness of problems in our world, and in some cases has fixed them. The two main women I focused on were Lisa Ling, a journalist who went all over the world to write about her travels, and Nellie McClung, a womens rights activist who expressed how she felt through writing. | Writing- How can it help?
3: Lisa Ling | Nellie McClung | Although both of these women wrote about and exposed different social issues, both used writing to create positive social change. I hope others will do the same, and I want to as well.
4: In the Famous Five, there were many talents. Some were good at speaking, some had great senses of humor, but Nellie Mooney McClung, was wonderful at writing. Nellie grew up on a farm, which meant that she only started going to school at age 10. By the time she was 16, she was a certified teacher. In 1896, Nellie married Robert Weasly McClung, and in 1902, his mother encouraged Nellie to enter a short story competition, seeing a wonderful short story Nellie had written. Nellie entered, and won. This inspired Nellie to continue writing, and the short story Nellie entered eventually became her first book, `Sowing seeds in Danny,` published in 1908, which eventually sold over 100,000 copies, and made the author a small fortune. | Nellie McClung and her passion for writing | Sowing seeds in Danny
5: But as the years wore on, Nellie saw how women were not treated as fairly as men. In 1914, Nellie took it in her own hands, and created a play called, "The Women's Parliament." It poked fun at letting men sit in parliament, and the dangers of letting them vote. It also mocked the premier at that time, Primer Roblin, who was strongly apposed to women's suffrage. Although Roblin's government was re-elected that year, it was short lived. Nellie showed people that they needed to step out and do something about the world, and she changed it. Nellie's last book was called "The stream runs fast- My own story". It was an autobiography of her life, published in 1945. Over the course of Nellie's life, Nellie published 16 books and short stories. And still today, people are inspired from her beautiful writing, and to make a change. Nellie, has inspired us all. | The stream runs fast | Clearing in the west
6: th- | Lisa Ling | Writing inspired Nellie to write about the problems in the world- but there are lots of other heroes that are still here today. Lisa Ling started television when she was chosen to be the co-host of the TV show, Scratch. At only 18 years old, Lisa joined channel 1 news, as one of the youngest anchors. Lisa was then chosen to be a host for the TV show, The View for 3 years, and her goal was to say 1 thing a day that made people think about what she had said. Lisa also worked on cases in Iran and Afghanistan as a journalist. She wrote about the notorious Taliban, and the awful things she saw happening to the women and children in the war-torn country. She wanted to help everyone who was there. Lisa Ling has also been on Oprah several times. Lisa talks about problems she sees, and addresses the things that she thinks are important to people, such as the MS-13 gang. The MS-13 gang is a gang that started in California, and has spread to North America and Canada. It has now has over 100,000 people. Lisa also wrote in books and newspapers about excessive shark fishing in Africa, elephant poaching in Chad, and gave an inside look on the battle for oil in Nigeria.
8: Lisa's Mission | Though some people choose to ignore sadness in the world, the Oprah show sends Lisa all over the globe to cover and write about the problems in the world, that most people push away. Since joining national geographic in 2002, Lisa has covered war torn Iraq, investigated the increasingly worse drug war in Columbia, and examined the complex rules and issues surrounding China's "One child policy."
9: The price of showing sadness- | But in March 2009, Lisa's sister Laura Ling, and her colleague, Euna Lee, were detained in North Korea for illegal entry to the country, trying to film refugees on the border of China. In June, they were sentenced to 12 years of labor prison. On August 4th 2009, Laura and Euna were released, after a visit from former president, Bill Clinton.
10: How can I make a difference? | So many people have changed the world through writing, I can't even begin to write about them all! But after hearing all these inspiring stories, you may be wondering, how can I make a difference? I love writing. I can inspire people by showing the struggle of others around the world, like Lisa Ling. I can show others to rise above, and show people the things in the world that most people want to ignore. | And So Can you.
11: Conclusion | After researching my topic, I really realized how important writing is. I concluded that writing can create social change by really connecting with people, and they can understand how others are feeling. Thank you for viewing my digital scrapbook. I hope you learned how important reading and writing is in our society. It can really change things for the better. I hope you feel inspired by Nellie and Lisa's stories, and that maybe you too, will create change in our world through writing. | Thank You
12: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/the_famous_five_canada http://www.canadaonline.about.com/cs/women/a/personscase.html http://www.mbwriter.mb.ca/mapindex/m_profiles/hist_mcclung.html http://lisaling.com/blogs/afghanistan.html http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Ling | Sources: