Inauguration Day 2009
Jr High/ High School Unit Plan
Students will focus on building knowledge of the events that occur at the inauguration of a
president through multiple interdisciplinary lessons and follow up comprehension lessons.
The objective is for students to acquire a real world understanding of inaugural practices and
feel as active participants in their society.
Terminology: Inauguration; Presidential; Swearing-in; Media; Ceremony; Civic;
Civil; solemnly; sincerely; swear; affirm; faithfully; execute; office; ability; preserve;
protect; defend; constitution; pennant; souvenir
Overarching Understandings to be Acquired by Students:
Students will be able to identify the processes of Inauguration Day.
Students will be able to define and apply terminology in a real world setting.
Students will witness a mock inauguration day ceremony.
Students will assess the mock ceremony.
Students will practice poetry writing skills for Inaugural poems.
Students will practice analytical skill.
Students will understand civic responsibility.
Students will understand the importance of ceremony to rally a nation.
Essential and Unit Questions:
What are the processes of Inauguration Day?
What are the terms necessary to understanding inaugural processes?
How do I prepare for a inauguration day?
Why is it important to participate in local and national government?
How does this impact our lives?
6-8th Grade History
*What is inauguration?
*What are the processes of inauguration?
*Slogan and Pamphlet Design
*Nail Ceremony Slide Show
6-8th Grade Reading/ 9th Grade Writing Class
*Inaugural Poetry Lesson
10th-12th Grade English
*Inaugural Poetry Lesson
*Mock Inauguration (Taiser as Pres Obama)
Islamic Studies: Democracy in Islam
Arabic: Translate the Oath of Office (Oath of Office
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of
the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the
Constitution of the United States.")
Science Mini Lesson: Inauguration Weather Facts
Half-Hour Assembly: Mock Inauguration Assembly (SC)
Jan 20, 2009 Inauguration Assembly
o Students will watch the inauguration at a school wide assembly.
o Students will be required to keep notes for their classes.
o Read three other inaugural poems
o Analyze those poems
o Discuss inaugural theme of “A New Birth of Freedom”
o Write a inaugural poem with this theme
o Best poem is featured in newsletter and in yearbook
o Learn inaugural terminology
o Learn the history of pennants for inaugurations
o Discuss theme of “A New Birth of Freedom”
o In groups, design a pennant for the inauguration
o In class, write a short essay that discusses the design in relation to theme
o Present to class
o Best pennant is featured in newsletter and yearbook
Inauguration Day Media Essay
o Learn inaugural terminology
o Discuss the roll of media in politics
o Discuss the roll of celebrity in politics
o Discuss the roll of pageantry in politics
o Write a five paragraph essay that assesses the roll of celebrity, media, and
pageantry in this inauguration.
F VICTORIA MANSOUR
Innovative and enthusiastic educator seeks an opportunity to teach in the public school system. Dedicated professional with Type 09 Endorsement, MA English, and three years experience enjoys finding innovative reading strategies, assisting students in becoming effective reader, writers, speakers, and thinkers, and providing creative outlets for students to find their voice. Eager to apply skills in a diverse environment.
2002-2006` DePaul University Chicago, IL.
MA English, Secondary Certified 3.77, With Distinction
1997-2001 Southern Illinois University Carbondale, IL.
BA Classics and English 3.56, Cum Laude
2006- Present Aqsa School Bridgeview, IL.
Jr High and High School Teacher
• Planned and instructed 6th-8th Grade Reading Classes and High School Writing class for 9th & 10th Graders. Class designed to develop critical thinking skills and effective writing skills. Focus on building vocabulary skills, fluency, comprehension, and persuasive writing skills, rhetorical stance, as well as ACT preparation.
• Planned and instructed Advanced Placement English Literature, focusing primarily on British Literature and understanding rhetoric and argument in writing.
• Created Junior High Reading, Language Arts, and Writing Class curriculum with special focus on increasing MAP scores.
• Increased MAP scores by at least one grade level for more than 90% of class.
• Implemented new Jr. High Honors Enrichment Program, an extracurricular club aimed at providing challenging curriculum for exceptional students.
• Model United Nations Advisor; Student Council Advisor, Crescent Production (Drama Club) Advisor, and member of Student of the Month, Honor Roll, Graduation, and Parent Newsletter. Community involvement including Earth Day and Community Service Day.
2006 Sandburg High School Orland Park, IL.
• Planned and instructed 9th grade English classes, two co-taught with REI component, and 12th grade Contemporary Literature class.
• Applied technology in the classroom as an instructive tool and as an assignment.
2004-2005 Ekstein Asset Management Chicago, IL.
• Assisted CEO of small asset management firm with administrative duties.
2001-2003 Victory Centre of Park Forest Park Forest, IL.
• Managed facility of Independent Living Facility for Low Income Seniors. Responsible for bookkeeping, marketing, advertising, event planning, and general. office duties.