Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. day is celebrated on January 16th during 2017, which is around the time of his birthday. The special holiday honors and celebrates the life of Martin Luther King Jr. who was the main leader of the Civil Rights Movement that ended racial segregation in America. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a wonderful and supportive family. He also had a few medals that awarded his accomplishments, many other awards and one of his many speeches became well known.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was a very important man in America during the 1950s and 1960s. Being the leader of the Civil Rights Movement, he also played a very important role in the history of America. He fought to make rights equal between all Americans, which meant ending the segregation between the people. The Civil Rights Movement served to make all Americans equal and not separate. Before 1954, which was when segregation in public schools was outlawed, there was a saying “separate but equal” which was later struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1964, the Civil Rights Act outlawed all segregation in every state across America.

Martin Luther King Jr. had a wonderful and supportive family. He had a wife named Coretta Scott King, and four children. Coretta and Martin’s children’s names were, Martin Luther King III, Dexter Scott King, Yolanda Denise King, and Bernice Albertine King. Finally, King had two siblings named Christine and Alfred. His parents were Alberta and Martin Luther King Sr.

In his lifetime, which was cut short in 1968, King achieved many accomplishments for his work. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 at 35 years old. Martin Luther King Jr. was also Time magazine’s “Man of The Year” in 1963. King also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004. Because he was assassinated on April 4, 1968, his wife, Coretta King, received the awards on behalf of her husband.

In short, Martin Luther King Jr. day serves to honor and celebrate a man who helped shape America into what it has become today. He was the main leader in the Civil Rights Movement and helped end segregation among Americans. Because of his hard work, he earned many awards for his accomplishments, including an entire day to honor and celebrate his life and accomplishments.

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Zoom Out (Activity #9)

This week of the student blogging challenge is all about images.  I decided to do the ‘Zoom Out’ activity.  I chose a close up picture of an object and in the comments, you need to describe what the picture would look like if it was zoomed out. Remember to read the previous comments to add to the story. For example, the paintbrushes could be on a table in an art studio.

Be creative and remember to comment!


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Mrs. Schaal’s Class Presentations


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During the fourth week of school, Mrs. Schaal’s language arts class has started working on presentations about national parks in the United States.  I interviewed Jacob and he told me a little about his presentation.  The national park that Jacob did was the Sequoia National Park.  He said that he chose this national park because of the save the trees campaign.

In his presentation, he talked about things he would want to do there, what his teacher might like to do there and some facts about the Sequoia National Park.  He told me that at the national park, he would like to visit the picnic area which is found inside the park.  He also said that since there was a lot of snow at Sequoia, he would like to have a snowball fight there.  The last question I asked him was why they were doing their presentations on national parks.  Jacob told me it was because it was the 100th anniversary of the national parks and because Mrs. Schaal loves to visit national parks.  Mrs. Schaal told me that she had been to many national parks before.  She has been to some of the national parks that the students did presentations on today.

After interviewing Jacob, I watched some of the class’s presentations.  Each slide had a picture of different places through out the park including neat landmarks and the beautiful scenery through out the park . Every presentation was very descriptive and provided lots of information about their national park that they had chosen.  They included things like trails to hike on, places to eat at the park, and places to spend the night inside the national park.  Finally, as Jacob had said earlier, they talked about different places they would like to visit in the national parks and places that Mrs. Schaal would probably like to visit in that national park.  That is all for this blog post about Mrs. Schaal’s class presentations.

All About Me






My name is Maraya and I am writing for the McDowell Media blog this year. I am very excited to be writing for the blog!  I would like to tell you a little about myself before you read our blog.

One of the first things that I would like to tell you is that language arts is one of my favorite subjects.  A few of the reasons why it is my favorite subject is because I love to read and write.  I love to read because it’s so fun to get caught up in a good book.  I love writing blog posts as well as stories.

Another thing that I would like to share with you are my different interests and hobbies.  I play many different sports including volleyball, basketball and softball.  I have been playing softball for a while and it has been my favorite sport even since I started playing.  My favorite position in softball would be pitcher, but I also play 1st baseman and 3rd baseman. I have been playing basketball for five years and this is my first year in volleyball.  Another hobby that I enjoy would be 4-H.  In 4-H I took market rabbits and next year I am planning to take breeding rabbits and market rabbits.

Finally I would like to tell you about some of my favorite things. As I already mentioned, language arts is one of my favorite subjects and I love to write. But another one of my favorite subjects would be science.  I also love pizza, it is my all-time favorite food, but my favorite dessert would have to be cake.  My favorite sport is definitely softball, which I have already told you, but my favorite sport to watch would have to be football.

I hope that you learned a little about me in this blog post.  With it being my favorite subject, I am really looking forward to language arts this year and writing for McDowell Media!

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