Class of 2020 Senior Monologue Information

To: EGHS 2020 Seniors
From: Mrs. Vandeventer, senior class sponsor
RE: Senior Project
Date: April 1, 2020

Since this year isn’t ending on the best note for you all, we wanted to do something memorable, just for you. I have spoken with the other senior English teachers, the administration, and your class officers about this idea. We have all planned together to create the 2020 Senior Monologues. This project has never been done before and will never be done again. This is yours and yours alone. The next pages will explain this project and begin the process for you.

2020 Senior Monologues
(This will only be done for the Class of 2020.)

Who: All members of the EGHS Class of 2020

What: All seniors will write, video record, and submit a 30 second to 2 minute monologue for their contribution. Seniors will wear nice clothes during their video. No tank tops or hats. The video will be a close up (upper body/head shot) of the senior presenting their monologue with no one else in the camera’s shot. *See below for information about a monologue.

When: Your final video must be submitted before May 1, 2020. (So, you will need to share ideas with your English teacher and do video sooner than that in case you need to revise.)

Where: All seniors will write and perform their video separately, choosing their shooting location individually. The location must be appropriate, and the quality of the video must be excellent with volume, close up on senior, face lighting, and length. The English teachers have the right to ask you to re-record and re-submit if the quality is not high, so plan accordingly to meet the deadline of May 1.

Why: The purpose of the project is to honor the hopes and dreams of the Class of 2020.

How: We can create a complete Class of 2020 video after all of the individual ones are submitted. Seniors will submit video to an assignment through your English class’s Google Classroom site. Mr. Scott Carmichael will put the video together for us that will include a welcome from the Student Council president, the salutatorian and valedictorian speeches, and all of the individual monologues. We will share the video on the school’s YouTube page, the school website, and through social media.
Our goal is to create a video for you and your family to celebrate, share, and enjoy.

Monologue [ mon - uh -lawg, -log ] noun
1. a form of dramatic entertainment, comedic solo, or the like by a single speaker: a
comedian's monologue.
2. a prolonged talk or discourse by a single speaker, especially one dominating or
monopolizing a conversation.
3. any composition, as a poem, in which a single person speaks alone.
4. a part of a drama in which a single actor speaks alone; soliloquy.

● In class, we have read dramatic monologues, and some of you have written one. This will be a bit different because your Senior Monologue will be a speech, not a poem (unless you want it to be one). You will be the speaker, and even though your audience will be a general audience including whoever watches the video, you can direct your speech to your classmates or families if you choose.

● You get to select the content. The only content requirement that’s firm for every senior is to begin by introducing your full name.
Think about these possibilities:
○ Your own American Childhood type story (L202)
○ Your own Last Lecture (ENGL 206)
○ A message for your future self (Eng 12)
○ Your ideas about life as a senior in this very unconventional 2020
○ A thank you to friends, family, mentors
○ A word of advice to younger students
○ Your hopes and dreams for your future
○ Any other topic (approved by your English teacher)

● You must speak between 30 seconds and 2 minutes. If you are not in the time-frame required, you will be required to re-record and submit again.

● Because of your time constraint, you will work hard to figure out what you want to say and how you can say it within the 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Expect to write drafts, work with your English teacher to create a final draft, practice the speech, and record it.

● You need to record the video in landscape mode (horizontal), not portrait (vertical).

● You must submit to the Google Classroom Assignment that will come from your English class.

● Email me with any questions:

Your senior year hasn’t progressed as anyone expected. First, let me say
that I am so sorry. I posted a letter recently saying that I wished I could
reset this whole year for you, and I truly meant it. I know that many of your daily events, sports, musical, concerts, honor programs, prom, and graduation are now in a column marked “uncertain,” a place we’d never expect to find them.

None of this is anyone’s fault, and it feels wrong and selfish in some way to be angry about these issues when other people are very sick, dying, or in economic hardship. Still, please know that your anger and sadness is expected and doesn’t make you bad people. These rites of passage are important, and even though I know you are all making the best of the time away from school by resting, working, babysitting, or caring for others, give yourself some grace. Take a minute to think about how you feel because of this pandemic and what it has cost you. My prayer is that none of us pays with our health, but even the cost of lost memories and experiences hurts. Take care of yourself and talk through your disappointment. As always, you
know I’m going to tell you to be nice, do good things, and make new friends. 

Even in this trying time, you have power to make the world better for you and your circle of influence. Stay home. Be nice to your family. Use your power to be the sunshine.