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Presidential Inauguration 2013

posted Jan 31, 2013, 8:06 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 31, 2013, 8:10 PM ]

The official Inauguration Day is January 20
. However, as that date falls on a Sunday in 2013, the public swearing-in ceremony will be held on Monday, January 21, 2013.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

posted Feb 3, 2012, 7:03 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 13, 2015, 12:32 PM ]

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The following movie is Called "Our Friend Martin"

Description: Animated film about two boys who travel back in time to meet Martin Luther King, Jr. A wonderful learning experience.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, the March on Washington, and the Civil Rights Movement
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the March on Washington, and the Civil
Rights Movement

A legacy of change: Remembering the March on Washington<>

In the spring of 1963, leaders from the major national civil rights organizations in the United States proposed a massive nonviolent demonstration for civil rights in Washington, D.C., the largest the capital had ever seen. The organizers called it the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” ... read more ><>

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[]   Critical Thinking Challenge: Why do you think the March on Washington had such an impact on people?

ENGAGE [5-10 minutes]
The March on Washington happened 51 years ago. Those who were there remember feeling like this march would bring about change. Do you think it led to enough change? Why or why not?

The March on Washington was massive and nonviolent. People of all ages and races traveled across the country to attend. Why was this approach effective? Why was the diversity of participants important? Would this approach be as effective today? Why or why not?

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DISCUSSION QUESTION: After the March on Washington, marchers met with President John F. Kennedy and asked him to improve the civil rights legislation he was submitting to Congress. Within the next two years, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed both the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. How do you think the march influenced the timing and content of each piece of legislation? Do you think these laws would have passed if the march hadn’t been such a success?   []

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  *   Civil rights leaders announced their plan for a march on July 2, 1963. They organized the massive demonstration in just eight weeks.
  *   Organizers were unsure how many people would attend the March on Washington. The final number—at least 250,000—was more than double the original projection.
  *   Martin Luther King, Jr. brought the power of nonviolence to the Civil Rights Movement. As a leader, however, he endured much violence. He was arrested 30 times, assaulted at least four times, and received countless death threats. He was assassinated in 1968 at the age of 39.

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[]  PROJECT: Write a personalized “I Have a Dream” speech.


  1.  Download Text<> and Audio<> of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
  2.  Make a copy of the text for each student or project the text for the class.
  3.  Instruct students to read along as they listen to King’s speech. Tell them to pay close attention to what King says and how he says it.
  4.  After listening, discuss the speech. Challenge students to identify King's dream. Explore how he used examples, metaphors, repetition, pacing, and volume to keep listeners engaged.
  5.  Direct students to select an issue that is important to them. Tell them to write a short speech expressing their views in a way that will captivate and engage others.

ASSESSMENT: Invite students to present their speeches to the class. Remind them to incorporate King’s techniques in their delivery.

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  *   Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963 <>
  *   Examine the Struggle for Civil Rights<>
The site contains elementary-level lessons on the story of Rosa Parks and school desegregation, as well as middle school and high school units on the impact of Brown v. Board of Education.
  *   Stories of Freedom & Justice<>
In this theatrical presentation, a fictional participant leads audience members through a training session for people interested in joining a student sit-in to protest racial segregation.

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  *   A Play-by-Play of the March on Washington<>
Learn more about the speakers, venue, and key issues that led to the event.
  *   Examine first-hand accounts of what it was like to be there: Video<> | Article<>
  *   Read about Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nonviolence<>.
  *   The Civil Rights Act<>
Learn what it took to make this historic legislation law.
  *   Building the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial<>
Read about the deep connection between the memorial and those who worked tirelessly to see that it was built.



  *   Have students read The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute’s<> short biography of King. Create a timeline tracking important events in his life.

Language Arts

  *   Display The King Center's Glossary of Nonviolence<>. Have students select 10 words, draw/download an image to represent each, and combine them to write a children's book about nonviolence.


  *   Visit the National Park Service’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial<> website. Then have students:
     *   Use clay to create their own monuments for King.
     *   Select one or more wall inscriptions from the virtual tours and create a plaque for each.
     *   Create a collage of important photos and words that they think best represents the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  *   View the selected portraits of Martin Luther King, Jr. at the National Portrait Gallery's exhibit One Life: Martin Luther King, Jr.<> Then have students select their favorite portrait, examine how King is portrayed, and read the summary. Ask students to analyze how the events during this period of King's life are captured in the portrait.


  *   Watch the Asante Children's Theater's presentation of "Martin Luther King, Jr. in a Hip Hop World<>." Invite students to create their own musical representations of King or the Civil Rights Movement.

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Chinese New Year

posted Feb 3, 2012, 6:58 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 14, 2014, 11:32 PM ]

Chinese New Year
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