Learn what I am
A link to the U.S. Department of Education's site provided the fodder for this first entry from the southern-flyover lands.
As of 5:30 p.m. (CT) pdf files were available of follow up activities to President Obama's forthcoming speech to the nations' school kids. There are pdf files in age-delineated groups, but I would beg to differ with the "Teaching Ambassador Fellows," who wrote these plans, as to what Kindergarteners can write about.
I am highlighting the lesson plans for the 7th-12th graders; children that are capable of writing and asking deeper questions. Children that can figure out why a speech ostensibly about "staying in school," does not contain the word "stay" at all in the follow up lesson plans. ("School" is contained once.) Perhaps that will be covered in the speech. What is covered in the lesson plans sounds like a lot of work for teachers:
Teachers may post in large print around the classroom notable quotes excerpted from President Obama’s speeches on education.
...Based on these excerpts, what can we infer that the president believes is important in order to be educationally successful?
Granted, schools down here in the South have been in session since 8/10. Maybe teachers have had time to make these posters. I think not.
Before the speech begins, activities and questions are suggested for teachers to utilize.
“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.