Take your mark… GO! Find out which of your classmates has either the corresponding pictures or the appropriate summary to match the handout you received upon entering the room. Once found, please raise your hand to receive the next confidential group documents. You will be timed, go for the gold!
Objectives • Students will be able to identify various forms of political issues at past Olympic Games. • Students will be able to interpret the actions of these individuals and form opinions whether or not their cause was just. • Students will be able to illustrate and vocalize their interpretation of an Olympic political case.
A Brief Overview • Officially, political behavior is banned by the International Olympic Committee • The Games have a long history of cultivating friction between nations. • Pierre de Coubertin advocated the revival of the Ancient Olympic Games.
Video Examples 1936 Olympics Jesse Owens http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXIe5GbLSUs&bpctr=1367440467 1968 Olympics and the Black Power movement http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47vvdOfPzLY
The International Olympic Committee Needs Your Help! • Each group will represent a specific country within their assigned article, using the various viewpoints to form a stance on the Olympic controversy • Your group will be expected to report to the United Nations Commission for Human Rights, creating a pamphlet to supplement your brief presentation about the issue that has impacted your nation during the Olympic Games • This both informative and persuasive pamphlet must include: • Visually appealing evidence, using the pictures and articles provided • An overview of the issue that must include the year, involved nations, and a brief summary of the events • Why or why not this issue is worthy being heard at the U.N. Commission for Human Rights, using the Olympic Charter as a guide for your defense • Then, create a speech that supports your group’s views and state whether you wish to continue with a formal trial at the U.N. Commission for Human Rights. • This should explain the controversial issue provided to your group and state whether you are FOR or AGAINST the continuation of a trial • Groups will expected to present their case to the U.N. Committee (here in our classroom), demonstrating an understanding of the IOC standards • A brief open-floor debate will follow, with all involved countries defending their opinions on the topics