Obamas lesson plan

Sharon - posted on 09/07/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )




Apparently since the speech is so BLAH they've decided to take umbrage at his lesson plans for the students...


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President Obama’s Address to Students Across America

(Grades 7‐12)

Produced by Teaching Ambassador Fellows, U.S. Department of Education

September 8, 2009

Before the Speech

Conduct a “quick write” or “think/pair/share” activity with students. (In the latter activity, students spend a few minutes thinking and writing about the question. Next, each student is paired with another student to discuss. Finally, the students share their ideas with the class as a whole). Teachers may choose to ask the following questions:

What ideas do we associate with the words “responsibility,” “persistence,” and “goals?”

How would we define each term?

Teachers then may choose to create a web diagram of student ideas for each of the words.

Have students participate in a “quick write” or brainstorming activity. Teachers may ask students:

What are your strengths?

What do you think makes you successful as a student and as a person?

Teachers may engage students in short readings. Teachers may post in large print around the classroom notable quotes excerpted from President Obama’s speeches on education. Teachers might ask students to think alone, compare ideas with a partner, or share their thoughts with the class. Teachers could ask students to think about the following:

What are our interpretations of these excerpts?

Based on these excerpts, what can we infer that the president believes is important in order to be educationally successful?

Create a “concept web.” Teachers may ask students to think of the following:

Why does President Obama want to speak with us today? How will he inspire us?

How will he challenge us?

What might he say?

Do you remember any other historic moments when the president spoke to the nation?

What was the impact?

After brainstorming answers to these questions, students could create a “cause‐and‐effect” graphic organizer.


Menu of Classroom Activities

President Obama’s Address to Students Across America


Produced by Teaching Ambassador Fellows, U.S. Department of Education

September 8, 2009

Before the Speech

Teachers can build background knowledge about the President of the United States and his speech by reading books about presidents and Barack Obama. Teachers could motivate students by asking the following questions:

Who is the President of the United States?

What do you think it takes to be president?

To whom do you think the president is going to be speaking?

Why do you think he wants to speak to you?

What do you think he will say to you?

Teachers can ask students to imagine that they are delivering a speech to all of the students in the United States.

If you were the president, what would you tell students?

What can students do to help in our schools?

Teachers can chart ideas about what students would say.

Why is it important that we listen to the president and other elected officials, like the mayor, senators, members of congress, or the governor? Why is what they say important?

During the Speech

As the president speaks, teachers can ask students to write down key ideas or phrases that are important or personally meaningful. Students could use a note‐taking graphic organizer such as a “cluster web;” or, students could record their thoughts on sticky notes. Younger children could draw pictures and write as appropriate. As students listen to the speech, they could think about the following:

What is the president trying to tell me?

What is the president asking me to do?

What new ideas and actions is the president challenging me to think about?

Students could record important parts of the speech where the president is asking them to do something. Students might think about the following:

What specific job is he asking me to do?

Is he asking anything of anyone else?

Teachers? Principals? Parents? The American people?

Students could record questions they have while he is speaking and then discuss them after the speech. Younger children may need to dictate their questions.


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OK, from a TEACHER'S professional opinion, everything mentioned above are teaching strategies to help support the curriculum, whether the subject is Science, History, Social Studies, Reading, Lang. Arts, Computers, etc. I have taught using concept web mapping, think/pair/share, journaling, scaffolding background knowledge, teaching vocabulary, author's purpose for speaking, determining main idea, fact vs. opinion, contributing to a class discussion, lending their own opinion, and so many other national standards. How detrimental is the overall message "STAY IN SCHOOL"? Classrooms have a great opportunity to allow for follow up discussions with opinions and honest talks about what might happen if you fail to achieve an education, aim for higher eduction, and look at a global standpoint of how American students are far behind their peers of other nations. Would Republicans be HAPPIER if the President made this speech standing next to John McCain?!!

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Sharon - posted on 09/07/2009




I've been going to different news pages just to see peoples reactions. ALOT of the are simply

"NObama in my home, school, life, etc etc etc etc"

A few rave about how obama dares to attempt to be an educator. Um seriously? Most substitute teachers aren't even licensed teachers? Some of them don't even have a college degree, much less a teaching certificate. But they want to rave about him trying to be an educator? OMG.

Honestly, my opinion on obama is still mostly unformed. We'll see how it plays out.

Amie - posted on 09/07/2009




The nit picking is getting utterly ridiculous. Like seriously.... They will find any reason to justify their stance on why they think Obama should not be addressing the next generation.

As Jenn M. posted in the other thread...

Whether they be right or wrong in their assumptions of his character, they just don't want to have to explain themselves to their children - they're afraid that their kids will tell them the same thing that other people do - that they are blowing the whole thing out of proportion from fear, misinformation, and their own personal insecurities.

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