One of the things I've noticed around the blogosphere is that bloggers are quote happy right now and that made me remember an assignment I did during my long term assignment in the fall. I posted it on Buckhorn Road in the comments section and thought I'd simply post it here for all to see and (hopefully) use in their own classrooms. I tried to pick presidents throughout our history and narrowed the list down to what is on the assignment. The students really responded to this assignment and I read some great responses to the quotes. There was one in particular that the students liked more than the rest but I'll let you guess which one it was.
Pick Two Quotes and give a 5-7 sentence response to each quote. I want to know why you like it and what it means to you. Be descriptive in your writing. “I like it because I agree with it” is not going to be acceptable for this assignment. Put your responses (1 for each quote) on a separate piece of paper and staple it to this sheet. Each response will be worth 15 points so there is a total value of 30 points for this assignment. It will be due when you return to class.
George Washington: "Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder."
Thomas Jefferson: "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."
James Madison: "The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted."
James Monroe: "National honor is the national property of the highest value."
John Quincy Adams: "Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost."
Martin Van Buren: "It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't."
Abraham Lincoln: "If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong."
Theodore Roosevelt: "To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
John F. Kennedy: "The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived, and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic."
Lyndon B. Johnson: "You ain't learnin' nothin' when you're talkin'."
Gerald Ford: "A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have."
Ronald Reagan: "America is too great for small dreams."
George W. Bush: "We will bring the terrorists to justice; or we will bring justice to the terrorists. Either way, justice will be done."
My own favorites are from Reagan and Lincoln, short and to the point.