A gentle reminder ...

The goal of this blog initially was for Mr. Mc to show his students and friends what he doing while in Pennsylvania and DC in 2011. Now it's being used as a place for him, travelling colleagues and former students to discuss edumacation and history related "stuff" as well as ... well, anything which pops into his head. Mr. Mc would never knowingly embarrass either the school he loves or the family he is devoted to. By joining in the discussion, he expects the same of you.

Friday, February 1, 2013

King's Speech ... part one

I had the students study Dr. King's I Have a Dream speech las week after a week looking at Civil Right from Jim Crow to Emmitt Till to Dockum Drug Store. We divided the classes into four teams and they dissected the speech. Here is the first of four installments of their thoughts.

The first task was to identify the key words. Each student selected 8-10, then each team collected the most frequent 8-10. I took the three classes I teach and came up with the following three words. The words appeared in at least two of the three class lists:
  • Freedom
  • Segregation
  • Injustice
The next task was to summarize their section using King's own words.

The final task was to put that cutting in their own words. To do this, they were asked to either write a tweet, compose a haiku or create a notecard (20 word limit). What each of the teams came up with was impressive.

Hundred years ago
Our Country was in slavery
Freed but still not free

Emancipation Proc.=great hope 4 slaves >>>
100 years L8R = not free >>>
Constitution =4 2B

100 years ago, Abe Lincoln sing the EMan Proclamation & the Negro was decreed free. 100 years later they still r'nt free. #Free@Last

Below are some of my favorites among the individual students compostitions.

We r ere 4 a protest. da EP grntd us frdom, but 100 yrs ltr slvs rn't fre. We r stil in injustice & unfrnss. da Dclrton grntd us rits. #Free@Last

After emancipation, slaves supposed 2 b free, 100 yrs later, still aren't, DofI says to be. #Free@Last

They say we've been freed with GR8T document.>>>
But 100 yrs L8R--shckled with disctrimination >>>
But the Constitution says we are all created =

We were promised freedom. >>>
We are not equal >>>>
We would like to be equal

The first cutting of the speech is below:
I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. In a sense we have come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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