A Letter to Baltimore City Public Schools Families
January 7, 2009 Throughout Baltimore City
Public Schools (City Schools)
Dear City Schools Students
teachers and students will mark
this time, the March to Inaugu-
We are in an extraordinary ration, with a range of activi-
time. ties. Enclosed is an optional
With the birthdays of President curriculum that has been given
Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Dr. to schools, so that parents can
Martin Luther King Jr. in the weeks get an idea of the kinds of
ahead, we mark the lives of two of things our children may be
our nation’s greatest leaders—both doing in the days ahead to com-
deep believers in justice for all. memorate this great event. Also
And on Tuesday, January 20, we enclosed are times and places
celebrate the inauguration of our for viewing the inauguration on
nation’s first African-American January 20 and some suggested
president, Barack Obama. This Inauguration Day activities for
represents an enormous step to- you and your families.
wards an America where all people May this day, and the hope it
have equal access to freedom, represents, be a great one for
justice and opportunity, regardless the entire City Schools family.
of the color of their skin.
The significance of this for
our children, in particular, is
tremendous. For once they
aren’t learning about history in
Brian D. Morris
textbooks; they are watching it
unfold before them. The possi- Chair, Baltimore City Board of
bilities Barack Obama’s presi- School Commissioners
dency represents for our kids
and their futures are boundless.
Andrés A. Alonso, Ed.D.
CEO, Baltimore City
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March to Inauguration 2009
Bring the Classroom Into Your Living Room
Parents and families: In the week leading up to Jan. 20 your children’s teachers will be covering the presidency and, especially, the inaugural process
in many different ways. Below you’ll find just a few examples of Topics being covered in classrooms, Suggested Activities they are undertaking,
and online Resources they are using. For more ways to teach our great kids about Inauguration 2009, ask them about what’s going on in their class-
rooms, and then use these Resources and others listed in this guide. And have fun!
TOPIC SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES RESOURCES
Barack Discuss with your younger children the significance of Barack www.tolerance.org/teach/activ
Obama’s presidency and create cards welcoming his children ities/activity.jsp?ar=991
Obama to the White House.
Inaugural For students who are taking Language Arts and English, have
them compare and contrast what poets such as Robert Frost
Poetry and Maya Angelou have read at past inaugurations.
Kids can imagine that they are the newly elected president and
Inaugural write their own Inauguration Day speech. Take excerpts from www.chiff.com/society/inaugur
past inaugural speeches and perform them as a dramatic re- ation.htm
Speeches enactment. This can also be done with inaugural poetry. Com-
pare and contrast inaugural addresses of past U.S. presidents. education.usatoday.com
Students in the upper grades can explore the struggle of
African-Americans to attain voting rights and develop a greater www.tolerance.org/teach/activ
Change appreciation for the significance of Barack Obama’s election. ities/activity.jsp?ar=994
They can do more research in the suggested resource.
History of Math students can use online or library resources to find or
calculate each president’s age at inauguration. They can then
the graph the ages of the presidents and calculate the average age son/00-2/lp2089.shtml
Presidency at inauguration.
In the classroom, English language learners may be asked to
talk about elections and inaugurations in their home countries www.brighthub.com/education
International if they feel comfortable doing so. Compare and contrast the /languages/articles/8928.aspx
Perspectives process in their home nation and the United States. Research
how this election is viewed in the global community, and
write a commentary from the perspective of another culture.
President Obama said: “Let us be the generation that re-
shapes our economy to compete in the digital age. … Let’s
Presidential lay down broadband lines through the heart of inner cities www.barackobama.com/issues
Policies and rural towns all across America.” Discuss with your sci- /technology
ence students what Obama’s policies, if they are enacted,
might mean for Baltimore.
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In Baltimore In Washington
Even if you can’t make it to Washington for Inauguration
Day, don’t worry: There are plenty of things you can do Morning services: The Obama and Biden families will
right here at home. attend a morning religious service.
On Saturday, Jan. 17, the Obama-Biden train will stop in Motorcade: Afterward, there will be a motorcade of cars
Baltimore. Watch the local news for details. from morning services to the U.S. Capitol.
There will be a free citywide family event at Camden Swearing-In Ceremony: A musical prelude starts around
Yards on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, from 11 a.m. to 10 a.m. The swearing-in ceremony, which takes place on the
2 p.m. (gates open at 10 a.m.), sponsored by the Balti- steps of the U.S. Capitol, begins at around noon with
more City Department of Recreation and Parks. Cele- welcoming remarks, an invocation and music.
brate the inauguration with thousands of fellow stu- Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens will administer the
dents and Baltimoreans. Stay tuned to City Schools oath of office to Vice President-Elect Joseph Biden. Chief
and the local news for details. Justice John Roberts will then administer the oath of office
If you can’t make it to Camden Yards, celebrate the to President-Elect Barack Obama, who will then make his
inauguration at home by watching the ceremonies on Inaugural Address. The swearing-in ceremony will end with
TV (it will be on all the major networks, PBS, CNN and a poem, a benediction and the national anthem.
other channels), listening to them on the radio (WYPR Inaugural Parade: Starting at about 2:30 p.m., there will
88.1 FM, WEAA 88.9 FM), or following along at your be a parade along Pennsylvania Avenue from the U.S. Capi-
favorite news web site. tol to the White House, the new home of President Obama
Be sure to take time out Jan. 20 to discuss the day’s and his family.
historic events with your family, the community and, Inaugural Balls: In the evening, President Obama and his
especially, our great kids. This a rare opportunity to wife will attend a number of balls and galas around Wash-
watch history unfold and talk about it. ington. In fact, this party is so big that balls are planned out
Find ways to mark this day with family, neighbors and through Jan. 24.
friends. Gather together to watch the inauguration on
TV. Make a special dinner for friends and family and talk
about the day (see Barack Obama’s favorite chili recipe
on the next page). Check with your place of worship,
community center or school to see what’s planned.
Encourage your children to participate in an active way.
Draw a picture, write a poem or an essay; if you or
they have a journal or diary, be sure to write an entry
about the day’s events. To help you get started, we’ve
included a number of activities—a word find for
younger students, an Inaugural Address bingo card for
kids in the middle grades, and a trivia quiz for older
students—on the following page and at our web site
Finally, here’s a list of online resources that you and
your family can also use: inaugural.senate.gov/history,
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Inauguration Day Fun Page
Inauguration Word Search Obama Bingo
As you look for the words listed below, remember they Listen to Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address. Cross out
can be horizontal (across), vertical (up and down), or each word as you hear it. Cross out a row across, up
diagonal— frontward or backward! As you find words, and down or diagonally, and you win!
circle them. If you find them all, consider yourself a
topnotch word sleuth!
America Seniors Children Energy Commu-
T N E D I B H P E S O J L E W
N U X F N Z H J I J E O A T G
E G T V A O L T G P T N N H B Families Service Peace Unity Chal-
D T J K U N T N Y I E E F A H lenges
I D I P G V S G P H W V R P F
S Q F Q U Y I A N N P A H S I Infra- Health Immigra- Citizens
E Q H T R M C N V I C S C L S structure tion
R J P Y A P S S D K H M U I D
P L Q Z T S G U O C J S V Q Z Veterans Nation Housing Environ- Freedom
L L N R I R I B P K R T A G W ment
D Z S G O Z A U U Y P Z Y W E
Technol- Work Schools Jobs Change
X L U C N M P A R A D E Y D N
A J N Q A Y S G J J F B P D Q
T T Y P X L R Z D S G Q I C Q
H M M Z U J V K Q Y D M M K Z
BARACK OBAMA • CAPITOL • Inauguration Trivia
INAUGURATION • JOSEPH BIDEN • For a trivia quiz about Barack Obama and the inauguration,
PARADE • PRESIDENT • please visit www.baltimorecityschools.org/news/InaugTrivia.asp.
Barack Obama’s Favorite Chili Recipe
1. Sauté onions, green pepper and garlic
1 large onion, chopped in vegetable or olive oil until soft.
1 green pepper, chopped 2. Add ground meat and brown.
Several cloves of garlic, chopped 3. Combine spices together.
1 tablespoon olive oil 4. Add to ground meat.
5. Add red wine or apple
1 pound ground turkey or beef
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 6. Add tomatoes and
1/4 teaspoon ground oregano let simmer, until to-
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric matoes cook down.
7. Add kidney beans
1/4 teaspoon ground basil
and cook for a few more
1 tablespoon chili powder minutes.
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar 8. Serve over white or brown rice.
Several tomatoes, chopped
1 can red kidney beans