Archive for October, 2006

As We get Closer to Election day…

Take About 5 People with you and VOTE!


That was the title of an Article in Time magazine about how important voter turnout is to win an election. The article says this is the Republican strategy to win big in the 2006 elections. So they are telling their fellow republicans “take about 5 people with you and vote”.

Now the republicans want them to vote republican.

I, we ( my students ) don’t care which way you vote. However we think that is a great idea.

Go in a group, have a voting party. I think my classes should co-write a letter to their parents, trying to get them to organize “voting trips” with their friends and relatives.

So here is our assignment let’s write a letter encouraging them to vote in the 2006 elections. We could suggest websites where they could get info on the candidates and then make their choice and vote. Once we like our letter we will publish it here as a pod-cast and print it out for our kids to take home and distribute.  You can blog your suggestions or write and print out your letter using Letter Generator. We will combine the best ideas from everyone’s letter into a letter we can send home to your family. ?

Voter Turnout: Why is it important to vote?


How many people percentage wise do you think voted in the last presidential election?

Do you think it was 90%, 85%, 70%? Remember the problems we are having, we are at war in Iraq, we have an energy crisis, terrorism is not under control, and many other problems. I think given the state of our world we can all agree the last presidential election was very important. I am sure you have heard many people criticize George Bush, particularly after Hurricane Katrina. Yet in light of how serious our problems are how many people do you think voted in the last election? If you said 90% you would be wrong, if you said 85% you would be wrong even if you said 70% you would be wrong it was less than 55%, about half of all the eligible voters bothered to vote.

(Click here to see source of data )

Think about that number 55%, about 5 out of 10 people bothered to go and vote for the most important position in the world, the United States President. Where were the rest of the eligible voters?

Writing assignment: Write a one page persuasive essay on why you think it is important to vote. You can use current issues like the war in Iraq, disaster relief , crime, global warming, gas prices etc… to make your point on why voting is so important.

There will be prizes for well written entries, and of course we will pod-cast the best entries. Deadline is friday Oct. 20th.

Here is an on-line tool from that will help you plan and write a persuasive essay called the Persuasion Map
Good luck

Governor’s Race Issue Podcast

Click on the picture and listen to Samaria and Mark’s opinions on gun control.


Book-Cast When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really Angry…


Listent to the bookcast by clicking on the cover above. It will take time to download so be patient.

After you listen to the bookcast click here to download and print the document “When I get angry.



Now talk to your partner about how you calm yourself down when you get very angry. Finally with your partner write down a list of things someone can do to calm themselves down. Share your list with the class.

Our class will publish our list on the blog tomorrow

Halloween Story Contest

captioner8513571.jpg click on the picture of Ms. Caputo and Ms. M to hear the details!