9th Grade TED Talks on Meaning of Life

9th graders working with History teacher Melissa Winder and English teacher Robert Schuster completed and presented TED Talks on 'what is the meaning of life?' Each student pondered the question and wrote about what they considered the meaning of life to be, then they took their scripts and turned them into well-produced videos. Along the way they got to visit local filmmaking hub Light House Studio, where they really put the finishing touches on their professional-looking talks. They presented their finished videos to classmates and teachers, held a Premiere Party, and every video left the audience cheering. What do 9th graders think the meaning of life is? Some of their answers included: Acceptance, Being Yourself, Pursuing Knowledge, Living in the Moment, Having Fun and Trying New Things, Altruism, Doing What Makes You Happy, Prosocial Behavior, Family Relationships, The Process of Finding the Meaning of Life, Dogs, Exercise, Creativity, Perseverance, and Building a Legacy. With thanks to the students who agreed to let us share their work, here are a few examples - click on the link to view their TED Talks: