Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I HAVE A DREAM by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.



H A P P Y    L E A P    D A Y !
You will not experience another February 29th as a high school student.

Thursday, February 16, 2012


In 1954, the Supreme Court unanimously strikes down segregation in public schools, sparking the Civil Rights movement.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


A Dog's Purpose

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker 's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.

Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ''I know why.''

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said,''People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?'' The Six-year-old continued,

''Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.''

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who
make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. So, love
the people who treat you right. Think good thoughts for the ones
who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down
is part of LIFE...Getting back up is LIVING...

H A V E   A  B A R K I N G O O D   L I F E !

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

"DREAMS" by Langston Hughes

by Langston Hughes

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

1. Who is our speaker addressing? Audience? __________________________________

2. Dreams come in all shapes and sizes. What kind of dreams do you think our speaker is thinking about? ________________________________________________________


3. What does it mean to defer a dream? _______________________________________


4. How does one make their dream come true if obstacles stand in their way? __________


5. Are dreams worth dying for? _______________________________________________


6. How does this poem relate to the American Dream? ____________________________


7. What TEXT TO TEXT connections were you able to create? _____________________


8. What TEXT TO WORLD connections were you able to create? ___________________


9. What TEXT TO SELF connections were you able to create? _____________________


10. What is the overall theme of the poem? Message? _____________________________


F o r    i f    d r e a m s   d i e . . .

Life is a broken-winged bird

That cannot fly.

Monday, February 13, 2012

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Lorraine Hansberry

Author of A Raisin in the Sun

 Born on May 19, 1930, in Chicago, Lorraine Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun and raised the money herself to stage it at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway, where it met with great success. The play went on to win the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, and the film version received a special award at the Cannes Festival. Hansberry died at 35, leaving behind a promising career.


Let's wish our 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, a very happy birthday!

Abraham Lincoln
(b. 2/12/1809 – d. 4/15/1865)
Abraham Lincoln is one of America’s greatest heroes because of his unique appeal. His is a remarkable story of the rise from humble beginnings to achieve the highest office in the land; then, a sudden and tragic death at a time when his country needed him most to complete the great task remaining before the nation. His distinctively human and humane personality and historical role as savior of the Union and emancipator of the slaves creates a legacy that endures. His eloquence of democracy, and his insistence that the Union was worth saving embody the ideals of self-government that all nations strive to achieve.

Friday, February 3, 2012


What is

DIRECTIONS: Research the topic of the American Dream using the IMC library resources and using Gdocs do the following...

Write a paragraph explaining what it means
  • How do you define the American Dream?
  • What does it mean to people? Americans? You?
  • How has it changed? Is it still real?

    Find a text (poem, song, film, etc.) that you believe communicates or promotes the concept of the American Dream and write a paragraph description of why you believe this.