Monday, February 28, 2011

Personal Inventories

What is your Learning Style:
The Learning Styles Explained:
Find Your Strengths:
Printable MI Inventory:
Video "Knowing How You Learn"

Create a "Toolbox for Change"

Toolbox for Change Activity:

Toolbox for change: Everyone will receive a photocopy of a toolbox. Fill your toolboxes with "tools" for change (things used by Civil Rights leaders in their struggle for civil rights). We will brainstorm a list of five-ten things as a class. Each individual must come up with ten additional "tools". You will need to find pictures of these things (or pictures of things that symbolize your "tools"), or words from magazines. Cut out your pictures/words and glue them in your "toolbox". Write a brief explanation of why you selected each tool on the back of your "toolbox".

Use google images to find pictures of  Civil Rights activists. Use these images on your poster.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Teaching Labor History

Labor Matters: Teaching Tolerance Activity:
Economic Injustice Activity from Teaching Tolerance:

February 28- March 4

United States History
Guess the Word Cloud Activity

Toolbox for Change Activity:
Toolbox for change: Everyone will receive a photo copy of a toolbox. Fill your toolboxes with "tools" for change (things used by Civil Rights leaders that proved successful in the struggle for civil rights). We will brainstorm a list of ten things as a class. Each individual must come up with three additional "tools". You will need to find pictures of these things (or pictures of things that symbolize your "tools") from magazines. Cut out your pictures and glue them in your "toolbox". Write a brief explanation of why you selected each tool on the back of your "toolbox".

Begin Time Line Unit Project

Time for Kids Time Line:,28285,97502,00.html
Civil Rights Time Line (PBS)
Melba Beals Interview:

Continue Tuesdays with Morrie
Story Boards
Story Board Printables:
Time for Kids Story Board Worksheets:

World Studies
The Kite Runner excerpt from Scholastic Magazine
Graphic Organizer
Answer these questions:
Recall a time you witnessed an injustice. Briefly describe the incident.
Did you consider intervening to stop the injustice while it was happening?
What influenced your decision for action or inaction?
How did you feel as you witnessed the injustice?
Put yourself in the victim's place. How would you want witnesses and bystanders to respond?
Would you react differently in the future?

Understand that one person can make a difference.
Discuss the role of the media in human rights crises.
Examine the role of various players within the context of humanitarian and human rights crises.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cool Idea for Wordle Word Clouds

"Guess the Word Cloud"

How I plan to implement this idea in my classroom:

I plan to create word clouds for each unit in my World Studies class. I'll make copies of the word clouds for my students. They will need to name either the country, person, event, or issue dealt with  in each word cloud.

I also plan to create word clouds from the "I Have a Dream Speech" and "Letter from Birmingham Jail" for my United States History students. I'll ask the kids to examine the words used in both pieces. We'll discuss the common and unique themes of each.

Examples for Civil Rights History:

Research on the use/value of word clouds:

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Economic Justice

Three Cups of Tea (Open book quiz)

1. How much money did Greg generally collect after each speaking engagement?
2. What did Greg talk about at each speaking engagement?
3. After a speaking engagement in Apple Valley, MN someone left a check for ___________ in an envelope on a chair.
4. Why were members of the CAI growing increasingly frustrated with Greg?
5. What did Greg do to "fix" the problem?
6. What caused the refugee crisis in 2000 in Afghanistan?
7. Briefly describe the living conditions of the refugees.
8. What happened on July 24th, 2000 that lifted Greg's spirits?

Extra Credit
1. Why did Greg focus his attention on building schools for girls?

Tuesdays with Morrie (Open book quiz)

1. What is wrong with Morrie? (The Syllabus)
2. Describe Mitch Albom's life. (The Student)
3. How did Mitch become reuinited with Morrie? (The Student, The Audiovisual)
4. Why does Morrie have so many friends? (The Classroom)
5. What does Morrie say about American culture? (Taking Attendance)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Madison, Wisconsin....Democracy is not a spectator sport.

What is WIC?

WIC stands for Women, Infants, Children
WIC provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

Who is Eligible for WIC?

To be eligible for WIC benefits in Wisconsin, a person must meet the following requirements:
  • be a pregnant, breastfeeding or new mother; be an infant up to age one; or be a child up to age 5; and
  • be a resident of Wisconsin; and
  • have a health or nutrition need.

WIC Page:

Income Guidelines:

Approved Foods (Wisconsin): 

Sauk County Health and Human Services (WIC)

Democracy in not a spectator sport.

February 21-25

United States History
March on Washington (Discuss in class)
What was it?
When did it happen?
Where did it happen?
Who organized it? Who attended?
Why did it occur?
Legacy....long-term impacts of the March....

Lesson Plan:
"I Have a Dream" History Channel link:

Continue Tuesdays with Morrie
Story Boards
Aphorism Assignment (see comments for an example)
Open Book Quiz
For fun (American Authors Hangman)

World Studies
Finish Three Cups of Tea
Complete essays in class....share
Open book quiz:
Guess the Word Cloud Activity
Scholastic Magazine excerpt The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner Resources:

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Three Cups of Tea Portfolio Assignment

Story Board
Story Board
5 W's


A work in progress....
Assignment requirements:

My old classroom in Viroqua

Story Boards

Two examples:

Ideas are not innocent or "neutral."

"Why should we cherish “objectivity”, as if ideas were innocent, as if they don’t serve one interest or another? Surely, we want to be objective if that means telling the truth as we see it, not concealing information that may be embarrassing to our point of view. But we don’t want to be objective if it means pretending that ideas don’t play a part in the social struggles of our time, that we don’t take sides in those struggles.

Indeed, it is impossible to be neutral. In a world already moving in certain directions, where wealth and power are already distributed in certain ways, neutrality means accepting the way things are now. It is a world of clashing interests – war against peace, nationalism against internationalism, equality against greed, and democracy against elitism – and it seems to me both impossible and undesirable to be neutral in those conflicts."

— Howard Zinn (Declarations of Independence)

Democracy is not a spectator sport.

"If those in charge of our society -- politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television -- can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves."

— Howard Zinn

If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Some of my favorite aphorisms....

"Some fellows get credit for being conservative when they are only stupid."

-Kin Hubbard

"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."
-Mark Twain

"A stupid man`s report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand."

-Bertrand Russell

"The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."

-Albert Einstein

"When you`re arguing with a fool, make sure he isn`t doing the same thing."

-Ambrose Bierce

Tuesdays with Morrie

"The Audiovisual"

Choose one of Morrie’s aphorisms and explain how you can apply it to your own life.


Discussion Questions for Movies with Education as a Theme

Cool Star Wars Stuff

Star Wars Posters Remade:
Star Wars (Silent Film)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

February 14-18

United States History
Letter from Birmingham Jail
More Resources (Letter from Birmingham Jail)
More lessons on Letter from Birmingham Jail:
Toolbox for Change
"Eyes on the Prize" Activity
The students then choose 5-15 quotes (depending on time constraints) and tell the story surrounding the quote — before, during, and after. They are to keep in mind the situation, context, circumstances, implications, and consequences.
Civil Rights History Mystery Game
History Channel Lesson Plans and Activities (MLK)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Little Rock Nine...50 Years Later

Observations from the documentary:

Central is still segregated. How so?

What is life like for the majority of African American students who attend Central?

What is life like for the majority of White students who attend Central?

How far have we come?

Problems discussed in film:
Black on Black crime
High Dropout Rate

Reminders of how far we have to go....look at the poverty surrounding Central High School.
Discuss the symbolism of the statues on the state capital grounds.

Roots of the problem are...?

Friday, February 4, 2011

Found Poem Assignment

U.S. History:
The Children's March (Civil Rights)
"Found Poem" Assignment- Topic of the poem "The Children's March" video (Teaching Tolerance video)
First, brainstorm a list of words and phrases you may likely use in your poem. Then, look through magazines and newspapers for those words and phrases. Cut them out and arrange them on construction paper to form a poem. Glue them on the construction paper. Finally, decorate your poster with pictures and photographs relating to your theme.

Found Poetry (definition):
A found poem is shaped from a collection of words or phrases found in one text. A found poem may be created by students after a text has been read, in part or in whole .

Found Poem (What is it?):

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Three Cups of Tea Project

Three Cups of Tea Portfolio:
Cover Page (Must include title, class, period, your name, date.) (10 points)
Page 1: Map of the Middle East (Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and their capital cities must be outlined in different colors and labeled. Draw and label K2 on the map.) (10 points)
Page 2: 5 W's and an H photo copy complete (10 points)
Pages 3 and 4: Story Board (30 points)
Page 5: Wordle Word Cloud (20 points)
Page 6: Journal (What is a global citizen? Explain how Greg Mortenson is a global citizen. What could you do to be a global citizen?) (20 points)