- What does it mean to do something "like a girl"?
- Why didn't the younger girls look like the older people when they did the motions? Why do the older people in the video do the actions the ways they do?
- How can a person insult "girls" but not his sister?
- Is it OK for girls to be different than boys? Is it OK for some people to do things better than other people?
- Is "like a girl" a negative or positive phrase? Explain.
- How can a person react when someone says they (or someone else) does something "like a girl"?
- Is there anything like this phrase for boys? Do people expect boys to do things in a particular way simply because of their gender?
While we are glad that girls and boys are different, this video gives us something to think about regarding an overused and misused phrase.
Take three minutes to watch this video:
Now for some questions:
"The difference between the right word and the almost right word
is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug."
Perhaps you think you have a disadvantage in life - that life has not been fair to you.
Take two minutes to watch this video:
Now for some questions:
I suppose you're here to find some ideas for your classroom. You ought to be on the golf course or the tennis court, but here you are instead. That's OK, I suppose, because I've put together a couple of pages on the Teacher Collaboration page that might give you some of those ideas for which you are searching.
The first is Surrounding Missouri, in which I have asked students to use links to research Missouri's bordering states, and create a board game and informative writing based on their newly acquired knowledge.
I've had Happy Birthday, Missouri linked for over a year now, but have just completed all of the links on the page. Famous Missourians are listed on the page, connected with their birth dates. On those dates, students study the individual, perform special tasks, and participate in projects in the classroom. Happy Birthday, Missouri remains a work in progress, but you can still get the idea and adapt it for your students.
Take a peek, but then get back to your summer workout.
Just because you're at a disadvantage does not mean you can't succeed...but sometimes it takes more than an idea and more than a dream; it takes action.
Take five minutes to watch this video:
Now for some questions:
You just can't help yourself, can you? You get some free time and all you can think about is the new school year. I know how you feel, but remember, you yearned for summertime. You longed for some time off. Now that you have it, please, use it to relax...after, of course, you consider the newest pages I've put together.
Now, I don't think you should do anything exactly the way I present it. I really want you to use these ideas and images in your own way, to accomplish your own desires. Please take it, mold it, and use it...or throw it in the wastebasket. Whatever.
In Automobile Showroom students are to search vintage car advertisements for descriptive words and phrases. With Cereal Creations students take a peek at nostalgic cereal box designs before creating their own cereal boxes and TV commercials. You can find these and other ideas on my Teacher Collaboration page.
Now go back to your nap.
Do good with the little bit you have to offer. The payback comes in many forms.
Take three minutes to watch this video:
Now for some questions:
The world is still turning, and all you can think of is the new crop of students your going to get in the new school year. Do you think those kids worry all summer about your class? No, they're out in the neighborhood, riding their two-wheelers, tiddling their winks, and shooting marbles!
Well. So. Anyway. Since you're here already, and you don't want to waste your visit to The Hoggatteer Experience, you might consider looking over the reading ideas in my Teacher Collaboration section, with all kinds of lousy ideas to enhance your class and address those nasty Common Core lessons you're going to hit in the fall (Common what?).
One of the newest pages I've put together - Unwrapping Wrappers - is for looking at similarities and differences. I like to use graphics and videos, so I paired vintage candy wrappers with modern wrappers. Use them with your lessons (or just ignore them and forget you ever stumbled onto my website).
Another might be utilized when you teach prediction or inference (which in my mind are really a single skill, parsed out so we can be all technical and stuff). Titled as Inference Posters, I've collected some vintage movie posters. As I state on the page, I'm not interested in what the movies are really out; I am more interested in the evidence students use to back up their inferences.
But seriously, how many times do I have to tell you? Stop working, and get back to your vacation!
Let there be no mistake: the big July holiday is not called Firecracker Day, and it's not even called July the fourth.
As I believe that words matter,
the title of this national holiday is Independence Day.
In honor of the holiday and one of my favorite presidents,
the primary author of the Declaration of Independence,
Thomas Jefferson, it is fitting to read the founding document
of these United States (and it's not even that long!).
Here is that Declaration:
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people
would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of
their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the
rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative
powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining
in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for
Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the
conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat
out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by
our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the
Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary
government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for
introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation
and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous
ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to
become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our
frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all
ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Now is your chance to prove it.
Look closely at the picture below. Carefully consider everything you see.
Think about what might have happened before and after this scene.
Now write the scene as the best story you can.
Use all the visual imagery you can muster in your writing. At the end, you will share your writing.
Can you repaint the picture with your words?
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