Good morning, class. I know that it’s a pleasure for me to see each and every one of you, but I know it’s even more of a pleasure for each and every one of you to see me.

Don’t forget that on the board is today’s journal. I’ll read the prompt:

The First Amendment forbids establishment of religion. What consequences, if any, should this have for candidates for the president of the United States?

Continue writing if you haven’t finished your journal already.

Be sure to pick up this week’s packet. Don’t forget that to more than one point on Thursday’s quiz, you must turn in this packet completed. For every opinion article in this packet, remember your Read and Response. For those of you who are new, that requires you to write one paragraph summary and one paragraph reaction. Easy cheesy.

One of the columns is about Martin Luther King, Jr., and is especially appropriate as we begin our week studying the Civil Rights movement and the development of its constitutional basis. We’ll segue into this movement using a fiery pastor with ties to Barack Obama and a discussion of both their free speech and free religion.

I’ll be passing out actual responses to the sermon I culled — that means “snagged” — from comments at CNN.com. If you get one, you’ll get to read it aloud. Be sure you act it out passionately, as if you actually believe it. That way we get the real feeling of what that person is saying.

Say, for example, you get this:

Now it is very clear why sen. obama does not wear a flag on his jacket . Also on why he does not put his hand on his heart when the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE is being said.This also answers why he refuses to say the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. WAKE UP AMERICA !

I am an Independent .FOR THE LOVE OF MY COUNTRY HE WILL NOT BE GETTING MY VOTE!!

If you’re mumble and monotone when you read it aloud, I’ll make sure you have to get up and do it again. Raise your hand if you’d like to volunteer. Okay, that looks good.

Just a hint: You should probably read it while we wait for the last few people to finish their journal. You’ll have a little bit of time to prepare while we watch and discuss the six-second soundbite version of the sermon. Depending on your quote, you’ll go before or after we watch the seven-minute version of the same sermon and discuss it.

Before we get to that, go ahead and take a minute or two finishing up your journal. I’ll pass out the comment slips, and finish getting set up.

I’ll be here if you have any questions.

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In other news: George Washington is just too vulgar for school, sometimes; same with JFK.


  1. This lesson is relevant to the course and, I hope, also to our students’ lives. With the right student reading the comments aloud, it should also be fun.

    My proudest part of this lesson: It has a high real-world-application quotient.

    I cross my fingers.

  2. Kathryn

    I hope you’re going to tell us how it goes.

  3. Oh, naturally. Expect the follow up on Wednesday.

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