The Power of Words

Today’s lesson featured the use of the iPad Minis.  Thus, today’s blog post serves as a road map through that lesson.

STUDENTS, now that you have received your iPad Mini, begin work on Lesson 9 Quiz below.  Remember to put the same answers on to your quarter sheet of paper as well.  You will be able to answer the quiz below ONLY ONCE.

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Today’s Lesson:

Now that you have finished your quiz, take a moment to read the speeches below.  Thereafter you will create a 3-way Venn Diagram to compare three powerful speakers we discussed this week.

Step 1: Read this version of “The Gettysburg Address.”

Step 2: Read the introduction to and the “squashed” version of Socrates’ “Apology.”

Step 3: Given all that you have learned about the words used by Dr. King, President Obama, President Reagan, President Lincoln, and Socrates, write a brief, 5-sentence paragraph comparing and contrasting three of these figures and post it with only your FIRST NAME and your LAST Initial on to this Padlet.

Step 4: Revise your “If I Were President” speech from yesterday.

Step 5: Use whatever time you have left in class to finish putting your “Dear Dr. King” letter into KidBlog.



  • Input your “Dear Dr. King” letter into KidBlog by 11:59 p.m. TONIGHT if you have not done so already.
  • Create the final draft of your “If I Were President” speech.  Be prepared to present on Monday.



Preparing for the Future

We left the expansiveness of our classroom to venture into the Windows (Computer) Lab.  Today, class was run mainly by our fantastic 8th grade counselor Mrs. G.

As a part of the move toward clearer preparation of students for their lives in high school and college or technical school, the students worked to create their individual graduation plans as part of the Career and College Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).

Upon finishing their work, if time allowed, the students then copied their “Dear Dr. King” letters from yesterday’s homework onto their KidBlogs.


  • Read for 30 minutes
  • Input “Dear Dr. King” letter into KidBlog by this FRIDAY, January 23rd, 2015


Dr. King's Dream

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”