So much has changed in the landscape of America, and much of it has been propelled by the efforts of our youth.
Dr. Martin Luther King, jr.’s tireless work to end segregation along with that of many other notable Civil Rights Leaders, many of whom lived and still live in Atlanta, has changed the way in which our children are able to learn. Not only are they able to be immersed in more diverse situations and environments, but a precedent was set to uphold the rights bestowed upon all of us as residents and citizens of the United States of America.
Today’s lesson was based upon Dr. King’s dream. After watching the video below, which literally brought his words to life, the students discussed the significance of his words, his work, and of how it has an effect upon each of them.
After an in-depth discussion of the impact of this speech, we looked at key passages within it to discuss the sheer mastery of Dr. King’s writing. He used examples of metaphor such as, “this momentous decree [The Emancipation Proclamation] came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice.” Furthermore, he made specific references and allusions to The Gettysburg Address, the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, and iconic songs such as “Free at Last” and “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” (meaning here).
The lesson was summarized with a quick sharing of the points discussed in class that were thought to be the most poignant.
- “Dr. King’s Dream”
- Write a letter to Dr. King (as if he were still alive) telling him how his “I Have a Dream” speech has had an impact on your life. Cite specific evidence from the speech itself.
- Study the Lesson 9 vocabulary words from “Vocabulary from Classical Roots”
Last week I had the opportunity to attend an in-county conference by teachers, for teachers and I learned a myriad of exciting things about how to use technology in the classroom, among other things. This week, I went to the zoo!
Our very own Zoo Atlanta regularly hosts educator workshops on a variety of subjects that easily tie in to all subjects. The three-day workshop I attended, entitled “Project Wild and Project Learning Tree” provided me with included materials and a host of activities that I cannot wait to share with my students next year. Have you ever seen grown-ups act like deer foraging for food, seeking shelter, and getting clean water? Have you ever seen a room full of over fifty educators converge in one spot to act like the parts of a tree? Have you ever taken a behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo? After these three days, I most certainly have, and it made for a wonderful experience. Now I will never look at the plants and animals in my backyard the same way again. Would you?
Project Learning Tree focused on studying trees and forestry through every content in a way that is exciting, engaging, and relevant to students. Of course many of us know that the rings inside a tree share its age, but what can cause different rings and blemishes to form? To expand our bringing the outdoors into the classroom, Project Wild taught me about connecting ecology, wildlife, and environment issues to my English Language Arts classroom.
I plan to put all of the pictures and videos into a larger presentation for our return to school, but until then, here is a taste of what I experienced.
Take care and feel free to explore the nature in your area!
Until next time,
- Zoo Atlanta to break ground on new exhibit (onlineathens.com)
- Zoo Atlanta’s Digital Presence (bacotpaul.wordpress.com)
Doesn’t it feel fabulous when someone takes the time to randomly do something kind for you? It could be a free desert at a restaurant, someone sharing their spare change, a thoughtful compliment, or someone letting you take their place in line somewhere. Random acts of kindness brighten everyone’s day.
Governor Sonny Purdue has declared today, August 22nd, 2012 “Random Act of Kindness Day” throughout Georgia. Will you join in and spread the positivity? I know I will. Remember, you can always do a random act of kindness any day.