Man walked on the moon. JFK assassination. Shuttle explosion. 9/11. Obama elected president. Where were you when history was made last night?
Clearly, not all of these rank quite as high as the memories from last night, but there are those events in life that stand out for us as events of united memory.
Tapping into those united memories in the classroom and making students feel like they were present for history will help their own unity and comprehension. Think Aloud about this moment. Even if their families voted for McCain, remind them that they should feel pride for being present during the making of history, whether it be is the unprecedented voter turn-out, the possibility of a female vice-president who may even run in 2012 to become president, or the reality of an African-American president. It happened here, now, during their lifetime.
Remind them too that there are children once again in the White House. This is an opportunity to discuss Point of View, Tone/Mood, and Figurative Language. Have them write from the Point of View of the Lincoln Bedroom. Maybe it’s going to be Malia’s? What history has it seen? Write from the Point of View of Sasha seeing The East Wing for the first time. There are so many possibilities. So much hope.
Where were you last night?