Finding a Rhyme and a Reason

Embark on a journey of teaching and learning with Ms. Hayes' class at Georgetown K-8, Savannah, Georgia

Remembering Nelson Mandela


Nelson Mandela stated, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” What do you think he meant. Did he live by his own words? How did he use education to change the world?

What is your greatest strength and weakness? What would you say is Katniss and Peeta’s?


Edmodo Facilitates Inspiration Across Borders



Today, I received a post from Ms. Nicholson, a teacher in Canada with whom I am connected via Edmodo. I’m sharing it with you because it made my day. Enjoy!

Her comment reads:

Our class was inspired by yours. Here is our work put together:

Where I’m From Identity Portraits : The video

The students in Mrs. Nicholson’s class are going to post their poems below. We welcome your comments and feedback. Let us know if you would like to replicate this project with your students. We could create a global gallery.

“We don’t need another hero” – or do we?


Occasionally, we hear the word “hero” used to describe someone because of some act that he or she has undertaken. In literature and film, heroes and heroines are frequently the compelling elements that captivate us as readers. What characterizes a hero in your mind? Who are the heroes in our society and in your life? Be specific.

Mental or Physical Pain: Which is More Detrimental?


In Lois Lowry’s The Giver, Jonas experiences mental and physical anguish. Which one causes him more pain? Which one compels his actions?

“War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good.” Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter


Each time we experience the reaction to Jonas’ revelation about warfare in Lois Lowry’s The Giver, I am reminded of Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s Nobel Peace Prize 2002 Acceptance Speech that was delivered on December 10 in Oslo, Norway. What is Carter’s argument about war and peace? Based upon his speech, do you think that war can ever lead to lasting peace?

“Bam! I gotcha!”


When confronted with the realities of warfare in The Giver, how does Jonas, Lois Lowry’s protagonist, react? Using textual evidence, explain why you think he responds the way he does.

According to a National Geographic study, redheads are at risk of becoming extinct.


In Lois Lowry’s The Giver, the author writes on page 98: The Giver chuckled, suddenly. “We’ve never completely mastered Sameness. I suppose the genetic scientists are still hard at work trying to work the kinks out. Hair [red] like Fiona’s must drive them crazy.”

Although redheads reportedly represent only 2% of the world’s population, in Lowry’s novel the color red appears to be too challenging to eliminate or control in a world dominated by Sameness. What might we infer from this? What is red symbolic of in our society and, or in nature? What might this imply about Lowry’s dystopian world?

Ruth and The Negro Motorist Green Book – Calvin A. Ramsey


A perfect world! Really?


One of your homework tasks was to brainstorm a list of things that would make a “perfect society.” Choose just one of the criteria from your list to discuss. Tell us why you consider this to be an essential quality of a “perfect society”. What aspect of our existing society has caused you to see a need for this attribute?

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