Friday, February 27, 2009

Other People to Research for Project

Here's a name you might not know - Elizabeth Alexander. She is the poet who wrote a moving poem for President Obama's inauguration.

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The Greensboro Four

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Michelle Obama - How is she adjusting to life in the White House?

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Look at What Singer/Rapper, Wyclef Jean, Is Doing to Improve Life for Those in Haiti

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President Obama's Road to the White House

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Even More People and Moments in Black History

The Black Power Salute at the 1968 Olympics

African-American Astronaut: Dr. Mae Jemison

Nobel Prize Winner, Toni Morrison

Maurice Ashley: First African American International Chess Grand Master

An Overview of the Movement

Looking Back at the Civil Rights Movement and Its Heroes

The March on Selma

Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

A Speech Given by Malcolm X

The Freedom Riders

Dr. King on "Meet the Press"

Even More Important Events in Black History

The integration of American schools was a significant part of the struggle for Civil Rights in this country. Take a look back at this important part of history.

The Struggle for School Integration

James Meredith and the Integration of the University of Mississippi

Integrating Little Rock's Central High School

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Celebrating Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, students can view some biographies of notable African Americans.

Stevie Wonder

Muhammad Ali

Medgar Evers

Michael Jackson

Billie Holiday

Tyra Banks

Sidney Poitier

Michael Jordan

Oprah Winfrey

George Washington Carver

Rosa Parks

Frederick Douglass

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Examining Greek and Roman Mythology

As Ms. Porzio continues teaching the folklore unit, students will take a look at some Greek and Roman myths. We will be reading the story, "Echo and Narcissus," and will also turn ourselves into our own mythical heroes with special powers and talents. Students can watch a myth we won't be studying in class by clicking on the video below. For a few extra credit points, students can submit an explanation as to the story's theme. Be sure that all submissions explain the theme and contain the student's name.

Studying Heroes

As part of our folklore unit, we will begin studying King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Additional resources can be found at the following links:

Also, students can watch a humorous take on the King Arthur story by watching a clip from "Monty Python."

Students can also get an idea about what life was like during the medieval period by watching the following:

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Studying Folklore

Students have begun a fascinating unit studying folklore. Students will be exploring a wide variety of folklore ranging from fairy tales and myths to tall tales, legends, and trickster stories. Not only will students be reading these stories, but they will also be creating their own stories both in small groups and independently. After kicking off the unit with an investigation of the traditional "Aladdin" story and its Disney version counterpart, students will then go on to investigate folklore from around the world by completing a webquest created by Ms. Porzio. Parents and guardians can also view this webquest and the connected assessment by going to

Welcome. Ms. Porzio!

Our class is privileged to have the addition of Ms. Allison Porzio to our classroom. Ms. Porzio will be working as a student teacher in our classroom until mid-March. Ms. Porzio is a very qualified teacher who completed her undergraduate degree at Syracuse University and as currently completing her Master's work at SUNY Cortland. You can learn more about Ms. Porzio and the topics she will be teaching by visiting her website at