Radiohead video

This is a YouTube clip of one of my favorite bands singing one of my favorite songs.  While I’m no longer a student teacher at Rex Putnam HS, I still intend to update this blog fairly regularly. 


Thank you!

I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you all for your help and support.  It’s been an honor and a privilege being your student-teacher this term.  It breaks my heart that my student-teacher experience at Putnam has to end.  I genuinely looked forward to seeing you all in class every day.  There wasn’t a single day that I’ve regretted my choice to become a teacher, that’s entirely because of how welcome you’ve made me feel.  You’ve made my experience a real joy. 

To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect when I first came to Putnam.  I’ve taken SO MANY classes and listened to SO MANY lectures about teaching, but nothing can prepare you for the first time you have to stand in front of a classroom.  I have a tremendous amount of respect for teachers like Mr. Alper who make it look so EASY.  Believe me, it’s not.  I’d like to thank Josh Alper for helping me.  I can never repay you for all of your help and encouragement.  Your advice and guidance has always been welcome, and it’s been a pleasure to teach in your classroom.  I can’t tell you how much it has meant to me.  Thank you.

Your friend,

Brad Wright


Here’s something cool for you to watch as thanks for all of your help.  BTW, it has NOTHING to do with Kennedy, Johnson, The Cold War, The Space Race, elections, primary sources, secondary sources, quizzes, assignments, campaign advertisements, education, or anything else constructive. 

It’s one of my favorite bands, they’re called Portishead.  This is a clip from a show they did in ’98 at the Roseland Theater in New York.

Ok, it’s a Primary Source, It’s unedited documentary footage. 

Thanks again!

JFK, Rice University Address

This is an excerpt from a speech that President Kennedy gave at Rice University in Houston, TX in September 1962.  In just 1 more month, the nation would be embroiled in the Cuban Missile Crisis.  In this speech, JFK states clearly why we were going to go to the moon.  It’s a 3 minute clip, and the style and amazing skill of JFK as an orator are simply amazing… Watch how he works the crowd. 

Space… The Final Frontier.

On Monday and Tuesday we’re headed to Space!  I’ve been threatening to do it for a couple of weeks now, but this time I’M serious!  We’re going to be covering the Space program this week.   The Apollo project,  along with the Manhattan Project are the two greatest scientific and engineering feats in the history of mankind.  A thousand years from now, people will still be talking about how man first left the confines of Earth and set out for the Solar System.  See you Tomorrow!

More Assignments!

We worked on the Johnson Inaugural Address. 

Johnson’s Inaugural Address

Here are the questions that followed up the Election Day! assignment on Thursday and Friday March 13 & 14.  Congratulations to Madame President Paula and El Presedente Reid. 

Election Day! Questions

This is the post-assessment I gave the class on Tuesday and Wednesday March 11 & 12.  I want to say that you guys ROCKED this test like a Hurricane!  Great job everybody!


Morning in America

This is a commercial from the 1984 Presidential election.  It belongs to Ronald Reagan.  Although we’re still in the 1960’s I showed this ad as part of our look at how political ads work on our subconscious.  Just look at the symbolism in this Ad!

Daisy Girl Assignments

Daisy Girl Questions

The first assignment are the questions you were to answer after watching Johnson’s Daisy Girl, and Clinton’s 3a.m. ad. 

Elect Me! Create your own political ad! 

The second assignment is the Art project you were to begin during the period.  We are going to work on these on Tuesday and Wednesday March 11 & 12.