Posts tagged ‘history’

October 14, 2011

Eisenhower’s Birthday

by stryson

Today is President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s birthday. Eisenhower’s famous for many things, clearly, but one interesting point of note is that he was the earliest candidate to really start advertising via television. The ads are archived and still available online, along with the others from 1952 forward, on The Living Room Candidate. I’m going to show some of Ike’s ads to my classes today; I’ll be interested to see how they react. They look hokey by our standards, but they were groundbreaking for their time.

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October 13, 2011

Molly Pitcher

by stryson

Good morning!

It’s Molly Pitcher’s birthday today. I searched Discovery Education Streaming, but the only Molly Pitcher information they had was geared toward older kids. Thus, I went searching elsewhere, and found this brief video. I’ll be starting my classes off with it today. I’m continuing my quest to build their background knowledge through holidays and special events each day, as I mentioned here.

Enjoy your Thursday!

August 11, 2011

Berlin Wall

by stryson

Saturday is the 50th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s construction. Reuters has a great article up right now about a bike trail that has been built in the midst of the pieces of the wall that remain. While a trip to this site is obviously unfeasible for many classes, discussion of the Berlin Wall could include this article. The link is below.

Berlin Wall Trail a Surreal Journey into City’s Past

August 10, 2011

George Washington’s Farewell Address

by stryson

While my husband and I were on vacation with some friends last weekend, we got into a conversation about U.S. Presidents. More specifically, someone in the group questioned whether or not our country had ever had any presidents that were completely uncontroversial, at least in the sense that we’ve grown up knowing politics to be. The group’s consensus was that the only obvious answer was George Washington. I took that moment to note that he didn’t even particularly want the job, which led to humorous quips about those most capable for the job not wanting it, and vice versa. In any case, this conversation led me to seek out a funny piece that I remembered Randall Munroe (of XKCD fame) composing: A Bastardization of George Washington’s Farewell Address.  He sums up Washington’s points in simplified, modern language, and I think it’s both brilliant and funny, though I feel that way about many of his creations. Enjoy!

(Also, if you’re interested in reading the actual text of Washington’s Address, it’s here.)