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Archive for May, 2009

Check Out South African News Reporters from 4-207 and 4-203

Ms. Berretta’s Rough Cut Diamonds South African News Reporters!

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As part of our South Africa Expo Project, students in Class 4-207 and 4-203 worked with their teachers to create a newsroom set. The children worked in art to create background set scenery for field reports. They also created hand-held cameras and boom microphones to mimic the action of a real newsroom set.  In Language Arts/Writing class, the children created news reports after brainstorming topics specific to South Africa. The writing was taken through all phases of the writing process, as the children created, read, re-read, and revised their scripts. These scripts were then placed on cue cards which the reporters and interviewees read to report the news in front of the camera. In Math, since our news report had to be well timed,  we rewrote the scripts, placed each word in its own box, and counted word for word. We found out that ninety words spoken takes about thirty second, and this helped us time our twenty three minute news program. In Science we learned about some animals from South AFrica. For example, we learned that the lions are endangered because they are being poisoned by a pesticide called furadan. We also learned some Social Studies as we researched South African politics.

As we reflect on our final product, which is still not really final as we continue watching, re-watching and reviewing the DVD, we are thinking it might be fun to research and add in some more stories and commercials so that we can have a full thirty minute news report–just like on television.

Click on the link above and enjoy our report. When viewing as a class notice what works: confidence in news reporting and reporting with expression; clear voices which are expressive and exciting; good questions on the part of a reporter. Conversely, as you are viewing, make some suggestions as to what needs to be worked on.  Finally, enjoy our report and have fun reporting from your Magnet Country.  Next up…news from the Netherlands, Tibet and Brazil!  – Gen Berretta

What’s Art? by Ivy 5-305

Well if you ask me art is us, we are different.

Together we are one, and if maybe, just maybe,
if we could help each other and help to come together we can come together, and make one masterpiece.

Think of us as one, when an artist comes to take our portrait,
It’s our own world portrait.

We are one humanity-  made up of everyone.

But my thoughts come from tranquil thoughts of peace filling the whole world with no war.

Our school believes in anti-war,
so why can’t the world be like our school?

Each different country a different classroom
and everyone in one grade and we all learn the same thing at one time.

Earth wouldn’t be an individual earth
it would be our earth and we would take care of it like our home.

If only we could work together to protect the earth.

Senior Harvest Crew Visits the Mary Queen of Heaven Food Pantry

On Wednesday May 27th, the Senior Penny Harvest Crew made a community service trip to the food pantry at Mary Queen of Heaven Parish Center located on East 57th STreet and Aenue M. The Mary Queen of Heaven Food Pantry is a non-sectarian food pantry and it helps people of all faiths who are in need of food. the pantry is administrated by Catholic Charities and families in need, can contact Catholic Charities for a food pantry local to their home.

Children were greeted by Flo and Bob, Gerri and Father Jamie who run this volunteer food pantry. The pantry runs on food donations from parishioners, cash donations, grants and today our Harvest crew awarded the pantry a $500 check as part of the Grant Making phase of their annual Penny Harvest service learning curriculum. The children were energized by the visit and all raised their hand when asked if they would continue their commitment to service into Junior High. It was a great visit. Photos and video to follow.

Spring Dance – James Brown – Say It Loud (I’m Black & I’m Proud)

Spring Dance - Back to Africa

Spring Dance - Back to Africa

James Brown – Say It Loud
Found at bee mp3 search engine
Wikipedia

Wikipedia

James Brown – Say It Loud – Wikipedia

Life By: Shanique

Life is an endless dream
The longest activity you can ever endure
Life is the wind whistling through the air
The songs that go through the beats
Life is an endless dream
Life is a endless dream
To life!

Hazred dot com

Hazred dot com

Amazon Haiku

Rainforest so cool

Having bright colors so nice

So cool and so bright

Amazon Parrot named Haiku

Amazon Parrot named Haiku

Moments of Ecstasy – Dance Rehearsal in the Library

Ms. Basloe & Ms. Hobson

Ms. Basloe, Kara, & Ms. Hobson

Ms. Basloe

Ms. Basloe

Maya & Ms. Francis (with unknown drummer)

Maya & Ms. Francis

Ms. Hobson, Kayla, Ms. Basloe & Cathi-Ann

Ms. Hobson, Kara, Ms. Basloe & Cathi-Ann

Ms. Hobson, Kayla, Ms. Basloe & Cathi-Ann

Ms. Hobson, Kara, Ms. Basloe & Cathi-Ann

From WE SHALL OVERCOME To YES WE CAN!: Our First African-American President

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

I. Slavery in the New World: Which Side Are You On?
II. Abolitionists & The Underground Railroad
III. The Civil War: A Moral Dilemma Tears Apart The Nation
IV. Reconstruction: From Bondage to the Ballot Box to Public Office
V. The Jim Crow Era
VI. We Shall Overcome: Brown v. The Board of Education
VII. I Have A Dream: The Civil Rights Struggle of the 1950s and 1960s
VIII. African Americans in High Places in the USA
IX. Yes We Can: Barack Obama Becomes Our First African-American President
X. Recording Session

Shepard Fairey

© Shepard Fairey

I. Slavery in the New World: Which Side Are You On?

The teaching artist will sing two of the greatest songs he knows. Amazing Grace was written by John Newton in 1772. The song is about the redemption of a Transatlantic slave trader who finds his moral compass while at sea. Go Down Moses is about the freeing of the Jewish slaves in Egypt in biblical times. It was also associated with Harriet Tubman, who was known as the Black Moses because she freed 300 slaves from the South.

 

Wikipedia

(Left) Scene in Whitehall Street, Atlanta, Georgia, 1864. Note building with sign reading “Auction & Negro Sales”, a slave trade business. Slave auction ad (middle) On right: Scars of a whipped slave (April 2, 1863, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Original caption: Overseer Artayou Carrier whipped me. I was two months in bed sore from the whipping. My master come after I was whipped; he discharged the overseer. The very words of poor Peter, taken as he sat for his picture. – Wikipedia

The classes will sing the songs with the teaching artist & lead teacher and brainstorm lyric ideas.

Songs: Amazing Grace (versions by: (Mahalia JacksonAaron Neville); Go Down Moses (versions by: Golden Gate Quartet Paul RobesonLouis Armstrong).

Time: One 45 minute period.

Picture credits:

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II. Abolitionists & The Underground Railroad

The teaching artist will sing these very powerful songs about slavery, resistance and escape. We will discuss John Brown, Peg Leg Joe, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Nat Turner and other resistance leaders.

First Image: The Official Medallion of the British Anti-Slavery Society, 1795, Josiah Wedgwood; Second Image: Quaker Handbook on Slavery (Library of Congress); Third Image: John Brown; Fourth Image: Sojourner Truth; Fifth Image: Frederick Douglass (Wikipedia except where noted)

First Image: The Official Medallion of the British Anti-Slavery Society, 1795, Josiah Wedgwood; Second Image: Quaker Handbook on Slavery (Library of Congress); Third Image: John Brown; Fourth Image: Sojourner Truth (LOC); Fifth Image: Frederick Douglass (Wikipedia except where noted)

The class will sing the songs with the teaching artist & lead teacher and brainstorm lyric ideas.

Songs: Swing Low Sweet Chariot (versions by: Etta JamesHarry Belafonte); Follow The Drinking Gourd (versions by: The WeaversTaj Mahal); John Brown’s Body, I’m On My Way To Freedom (Canaan) Land (version by Mahalia Jackson.

Time: One 45 minute period.

Wikipedia & Other Links:

Picture credits:

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III. The Civil War: A Moral Dilemma Tears Apart The Nation

We will discuss the reasons that led to the war and what each side was fighting for. We will talk about Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Jefferson Davis, the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 which freed slaves only in Confederate area occupied by the Union, and the 13th Amendment of 1865 which abolished slavery.

Hands of all colors fought against slavery - Abraham Lincoln - Union & Confederate Soldiers - Jefferson Davis (President of Confederacy) - Hands of all colors fought to put our country back together

Hands of all colors fought against slavery – Abraham Lincoln – Union & Confederate Soldiers – Jefferson Davis (President of Confederacy) – Hands of all colors fought to put our country back together

The classes will sing the songs with the teaching artist & lead teacher and brainstorm lyric ideas.

Songs: What Are We Fighting For? (the Civil War version of this original song), When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again (instrumental version by Fife & Drum), Dixie.

Time: One 45 minute period.

Links:

Photo Credits:

Other links about the Civil War:

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IV. Reconstruction: From Bondage to the Ballot Box to Public Office

John Wilkes Booth - Assassination of Lincoln at the Ford Theatre - Andrew Johnson (CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE)

John Wilkes Booth – Assassination of Lincoln at the Ford Theatre – Andrew Johnson (CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE)

Reconstruction (1863 to 1877) focused on 3 primary issues:

  • Abolishing slavery

  • Restoring the Confederate states back into the Union

  • Establishing the rights of Freedmen (freed slaves)

We will discuss Lincoln’s assassination, and Andrew Johnson’s efforts to derail Reconstruction and the unsuccessful attempts to impeach him. During this era quite a few African Americans were elected to office. These amendments to the Constitution led to voting equality:

  • The 13th Amendment abolished slavery in 1865.

  • The 14th Amendment in 1868 guaranteed citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the USA, except Native Americans and women, and granted them civil rights.

 

  • The 15th Amendment in 1870 declared that the right to vote could not be denied because of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It did not guarantee the vote however, it only prohibited specific types of discrimination while allowing the states the right to establish their own electoral policies, the Black Codes, which should disenfranchise voters.

 

Meanwhile, there were six-hundred and thirty-three State Legislators, two U.S. Senators, and fifteen U.S. Congressmen elected to office between 1870-1876 who were African Americans.

After the war, African Americans searched with varying degrees of success for family members separated by slave sales or by the disruptions of war. - Even as an enslaved people, African-Americans maintained strong family ties. After emancipation, African-Americans struggled to reunite families that had been disrupted by sale and many couples legalized their marriages. -Before the Civil War, slave marriages had no legal standing. - Education, denied them under slavery, was essential to the African-American understanding of freedom. - Despite the hardships of slavery, African Americans maintained a rich tradition of art and handicrafts.

After the war, African Americans searched with varying degrees of success for family members separated by slave sales or by the disruptions of war. – Even as an enslaved people, African-Americans maintained strong family ties. After emancipation, African-Americans struggled to reunite families that had been disrupted by sale and many couples legalized their marriages. -Before the Civil War, slave marriages had no legal standing. – Education, denied them under slavery, was essential to the African-American understanding of freedom. – Despite the hardships of slavery, African Americans maintained a rich tradition of art and handicrafts. – Digital History

The classes will sing the songs with the teaching artist & lead teacher and brainstorm lyric ideas.

Songs: Lift Every Voice And Sing (version by Harmonizing Four).

Time: One 45 minute period.

Other links:

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V. The Jim Crow Era

Jim Crow laws restricted the rights of African Americans in many states between 1876 and 1965. The Supreme Court ruled in Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896 that public places could be segregated along racial lines. The court ruled that “separate but equal” facilities were constitutional. The Ku Klux Klan became a very powerful force of intimidation in the nation.

Jim Crow cartoon - Signs from the Jim Crow Era - Lynchings - Emmett Till (killed in 1955 just for the color of his skin) - Billie Holiday (singer of Strange Fruit) - Matthew Shepard (killed in 1998 just for being gay)

Jim Crow cartoon – Signs from the Jim Crow Era – Lynchings – Emmett Till (killed in 1955 just for the color of his skin) – Billie Holiday (singer of Strange Fruit) – Matthew Shepard (killed in 1998 just for being gay)

The classes will sing the songs with the teaching artist & lead teacher and brainstorm lyric ideas.

Songs: Strange Fruit (version by Billie Holiday); Black And Blue; One Man, One Vote (the Jim Crow section of this original song).

Time: One 45 minute period.

Photo credits:

Other links:

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VI. We Shall Overcome: Brown v. The Board of Education Integrates Public Schools in 1954

The Supreme Court ruled in a landmark case called Brown v. Board of Education that separate was inherently unequal and therefore- unconstitutional. We will learn about Thurgood Marshall and this major victory for civil rights. In 1955, Rosa Parks would defy a law that segregated buses in Montgomery, Alabama. We will learn how President Eisenhower had to call in the Arkansas National Guard and US Army troops to protect the Little Rock Nine who were trying to attend a white school there in 1957.

Rosa Parks with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King - Little Rock Nine - Norman Rockwells depiction of Ruby Bridges - Presidents Eisenhower & Kennedy - Justice Thurgood Marshall

Rosa Parks with The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Little Rock Nine – Norman Rockwell’s depiction of Ruby Bridges – Presidents Eisenhower & Kennedy – Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall

The classes will sing the songs with the teaching artist & lead teacher and brainstorm lyric ideas.

Songs: We Shall Overcome (version by Mahalia Jackson); Back Of The Bus (Pete Seeger); We Shall Not Be Moved.

Time: One 45 minute period.

Picture credits:

Links:

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VII. I Have A Dream: The Civil Rights Struggle of the 1950s and 1960s

This period was particularly chaotic in the USA with Vietnam War protests, civil rights protests, angry white backlash, and police brutality. There were church bombings and lynchings as well as the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and others. Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that outlawed segregation, and The Voting Rights Act of 1965 that guaranteed the right to vote. We will listen to the stirring words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s most famous speech I Have A Dream. We will discuss other civil rights leaders like Rosa Parks, Fanny Lou Hamer, A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin, Roy Wilkins, Whitney Young, James Farmer, John Lewis.

People at a Civil Rights protest - Malcolm X - Sen. Robert F. Kennedy - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Bayard Rustin - Fannie Lou Hamer - Rep. John Lewis

People at a Civil Rights protest – Malcolm X – Sen. Robert F. Kennedy – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Bayard Rustin – Fannie Lou Hamer – Rep. John Lewis

The classes will sing the songs with the teaching artist & lead teacher and brainstorm lyric ideas.

Songs: Oh Freedom (alternate lyric) (version by Pete Seeger); Marching To Freedom Land; Civil Rights Story (original spoken word); One Man, One Vote (Civil Rights section of this original song).

Time: One 45 minute period.

Photo credits:

Other links-

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VIII. African Americans in High Places in the USA

Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Diahann Carroll, and others broke color lines early on in the struggle. Shirley Chisholm, Jesse Jackson, Carol Moseley Braun, and Al Sharpton each ran for President before Barack Obama’s election in 2008 over John McCain. Also, in 1872 Frederick Douglass became the first African American nominated as a Vice Presidential candidate on the Equal Rights Party ticket with Victoria Woodhull the first woman to run for President.Over the years, other African Americans were elected as Senators or Governors.

In 1872 Lieutenant Governor P. B. S. Pinchback of Louisiana replaced his predecessor Governor Henry Clay Warmoth when he was removed from office. Pinchback served 35 days. In 1989 Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the first African American Governor to be elected in the nation’s history. In 2006 Deval Patrick of Massachusetts became the 2nd African American Governor elected. In 2008 David Paterson of NY became the fourth African American Governor when he succeeded Eliot Spitzer who resigned in the midst of a scandal.

Top Row:

Top Row: Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, Jackie Robinson, Jesse Owens, Louis Armstrong; Middle Row: Nat King Cole, Jesse Jackson, Diahann Carroll, Shirley Chisholm, Carol Anne Moseley; Bottom Row: Al Sharpton, Audre Lorde, Bayard Rustin, Barbara Jordan, James Baldwin

The classes will sing the songs with the teaching artist & lead teacher and brainstorm lyric ideas.

Songs: A Change Is Gonna Come (version by Sam Cooke); Say It Out Loud (I’m Black & I’m Proud) – James Brown

Time: One 45 minute period.

Audre Lorde - James Baldwin - Bayard Rustin - Barbara Jordan - Commemorative Stamps designed by © Frank H. Jump

Audre Lorde – James Baldwin – Bayard Rustin – Barbara Jordan – LGBT Commemorative Stamps designed by © Frank H. Jump

 

Photo credits-

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IX. “Yes We Can”: Barack Obama Becomes the First African American President

Students will start to finish writing their original lyrics about President Obama, the greater historical context of his election, and the students’ own dreams for the future.

© Shepard Fairey

© Shepard Fairey

Songs: Whichever songs the students choose. Yes We Can Obama!

Time: Two 45 minute periods.

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X. Recording Session.

The classes will record their original raps and/or lyrics using the teaching artist’s field recorder and Garageband. We will make CDs that will be given to the classes.

Michael Jackson, The Supremes, Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, P Diddy, Tupac Shakur

Michael Jackson, The Supremes, Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, P Diddy, Tupac Shakur

Links to:

Other notable African-American record producers:

FUTURE RECORDING ARTISTS:

Future Recording Artists:

Future Recording Artists: Zarif, Christian Jayden, Madonna, Jeremiah, Jalyn

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PODCASTS OF LESSONS:

YES WE CAN! In Action:

Michael - Our technology intern.

Michael – Our technology intern.

Aniyah & Sarah

Aniyah & Sarah

Jayden

Jayden

Angeles & Jessica

Angeles & Jessica

Therese & Jalyn

Therese & Jalyn

Lliam

Lliam

Robert Bluesman Ross - Teaching Artist

Robert “Bluesman” Ross – Teaching Artist

Robert Bluesman Ross - Teaching Artist

Robert “Bluesman” Ross – Teaching Artist

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CLICK HERE FOR FULL PROJECT NARRATIVE

Project created and written by Robert “Bluesman” Ross
This project is made possible with funds from the Local Capacity Building Initiative, a regrant program of the Arts in Education Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by BRIC Arts / Media / Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

Project designed for blog by lead teacher, Frank H. Jump.

To GoSsIp by Aleisha 4-201

Bio Job Blog

Bio Job Blog

To Gossip is to say a mean spiteful words that you know are spreading rumors- bad or good about somebody. What I mean by that is Gossiping can get you in a lot of  trouble- such as getting suspended. Gossiping hurts other people feelings because Gossiping is like a crime. It’s like a crime because say you stole something then you blamed it on somebody else. Gossiping hurts really bad when you gossip and non gossiper’s that’s really your friend. All I am trying to say to say is Do NOT GOSSIP because your going to end up in trouble.

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