We are sponsoring a letter writing contest to our new president Barack Obama.
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Write a letter to Barack Obama! We will be doing a mass mailing on Feb 12 to our president. If you would like to be included please bring all completed letters to Ms. Broderick in room 311 not later than February 11th . Here is a template from TFK that can help you plan your letters click here 081107_wr_1
Prizes will be given to the best letters. They can be neatly handwritten or type written. They must follow the basic letter writing format see my screencast on the basic format for a business letter by clicking here.
Here is another link that can help you with your format in writing letters.
Also below is a rubric you can follow for writing a letter.
This is a number poem that Yousef Faraj created on Jan. 20th,the day of Barack Obama’s inaugaration.
0 – HOW LONG WE HAVE TO WAIT FOR A MINORITY PRESIDENT
1. (FIRST) THE NATIONS FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT
2. THE SECOND TIME A PRESIDENT HAS BEEN SWORN IN ON PRESIDENT LINCOLN’S BIBLE
3. 3 MILLION PEOPLE EXPECTED FOR TODAY’S INAUGURATION.
4. THE AMOUNT OF YEARS OBAMA WILL SERVE AS PRESIDENT
7 PRESIDENT OBAMA’S DAUGHTER SASHA IS 7
10 PRESIDENT OBAMA’S older DAUGHTERS AGE 10
12 . 12 NOON OBAMA TAKES THE OATH OF OFFICE USING PRESIDENT LINCOLN’S BIBLE
17. THE LENGTH OF MINUTES OF BARACK OBAMA’S SPEECH
31. THE TEMPERATURE AT 12 NOON IN WASHINGTON D.C. FOR THE INAUGARATION
44. HOW MANY PRESIDENTS OUR COUNTRY HAS HAD
45 THE AGE OF MICHELLE OBAMA
47 THE AGE OF BARACK OBAMA
50 THE STATE OF HAWAII WAS OUR COUNTRIES 50TH STATE, AND ONE TIME RESIDENCE OF BARACK OBAMA
56 THE NUMBER OF INAUGURATIONS OUR COUNTRY HAS HAD.
80 HOW OLD MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WOULD HAVE BEEN AT TODAY’S INAUGURATION
105 MINUTES THE LONGEST INAUGURATION SPEECH FOR A PRESIDENT, WILLIAM H. HARRISON
136 WORDS IN PRESIDENT WASHINGTON’S INAUGURATION SPEECH THE SHORTEST ON RECORD.
200 HOW OLD PRESIDENT LINCOLN WOULD HAVE BEEN AT TODAY’S INAUGURATION
1982 THE year PRESIDENT OBAMA LOST HIS DAD.
1983 THE YEAR PRESIDENT OBAMA GRADUATED FROM COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
1995 THE YEAR PRESIDENT OBAMA LOST HIS MOM
303,824,640 PEOPLE, UNITED AMERICANS BELIEVING IN ONE GOAL.
Tuesday is an important day in our countries future. On Tuesday, January 20th 2008 Barack Obama becomes President in a country where less than 50 years ago it would have been hard for him to vote in many parts of this country because he is an African American. Historical to say the least.
Today is an important anniversary in our countries past and yes future. Today is Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday. He would be 80 years old if he had not been gunned down at the young age of 39. That is right he changed the world he lived in for the better before he was forty. A man who started a movement that insured that Barack Obama and millions like him would be guaranteed their right to vote , and all of the other civil rights that we Americans are promised in the United States Constitution.
Some of my older classes have been looking at Mahatma Gandhi this week. Gandhi led a peaceful protest against the racism and discrimination of Indians in their own nation by the English. He used non-violent protest like King to change laws and gain freedom. Indeed he did it first. King learned from Gandhi about the principles of non-violence and love as weapons to fight injustice and racism. King learned that violence would not change things, he saw that peaceful protest was the only way to really change things. And things have changed. I was very young when King was murdered, I remember. I am old enough to see the changes in our world. I owe as does Barack Obama a debt of thanks to King and the thousands of people who fought peacefully for equality for all people.
One thing that Gandhi said that really applies to King ” Be the change you want to see in the World” King was the change he wanted to see. He gave up his life, working for years to make this world better for all. King was the change he wanted to see in the world, was an example of love and peace.
Yes Tuesday is an important day, celebrate it, enjoy it and remember it. After a past that included slavery and segregation we have an African American President, but lets not forget how important today, January 15th is as well.
Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr.
Watch the Movie and tell in a few sentences what the connections are between these 3 men.
What did each one of the do, fight for, or believe that connects them to the other 2. You can focus on one and tell about how they are connected, or what they share in belief and experience. Think it through and see what you come up with.