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Shane Koyczan 2.0

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Margaret Harvey

on 11 March 2014

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Transcript of Shane Koyczan 2.0

Instructions For a Bad Day
Shane Koyczan
By: Margaret Harvey AND jULIA o'kEEFE

To This Day
In Koyczan's spoken poem, "To This Day" he explores the profound, lasting impact that bullying has on individuals (as mentioned in the previous quote).
He mentions a beautiful girl who has a birth mark that takes up a little less than half of her face and how she doesn't believe she's beautiful because of all the negative remarks she's gotten over the years and when she was little, even though she's married and with children.
He also mentions a boy who was adopted and had to deal with anxiety and depression and was called "Popper" because of all the medication he was prescribed.
More by Koyczan
Shane Koyczan is a poet and has written countless pieces on a variety of topics. Koyczan is Canadian and wrote a piece on patriotism. He's written about the dramatic affect bullying has on people, he's written about love affairs, and the beauty about stating the obvious. He's even written "Instructions For a Bad Day".
What is a Social Activist?
A social activist is someone who makes an effort to promote or direct a change on a particular topic. Their way of promoting this suggests a peaceful way of conflict.

Shane Koyczan is considered a social activist because he uses spoken word to promote his opinion on bullying and how it's wrong; that it continues to affect an individual after that period of time.
"To this day,
Despite a loving husband
She doesn’t think she’s beautiful,
Because of a birthmark
That takes up a little less than half of her face,
Kids used to say she looks like a wrong answer,
That someone tried to erase,
But couldn’t quite get the job done,
And they’ll never understand
That she’s raising two kids,
Whose definition of beauty,
Begins with the word "mom",
Because they see her heart
Before they see her skin,
That she’s only ever always been amazing."
-Shane Koyczan, To This Day
References
http://poetry.rapgenius.com/Shane-koyczan-to-this-day-annotated
http://www.shanekoyczan.com/
His Work
Koyczan's multiple spoken words create a way to publicize that an individual should not feel down, and that if you are, it's only for a moment and that moment will be over soon, that you're beautiful and it's a shame you don't know it.
Logo
To This Day
http://tothisdayproject.com
The Logo
The photo used in this logo has a depressing mood because of it's color and use of the black and white threshold. It has a girl pressing on the glass of a mirror. The writing on it comes from Koyczan's To This Day, and describes that your mirror isn't reflecting the true you, it doesn't show your real beauty. It's not what's on the outside, it's about you as a whole. It represents Koyczan well because he sees the beauty in everyone.
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