Calling out Kee-Kee-Ree-Kee and Freedom

In November, Rebecca Lazure stopped in on first and second graders in Monmouth to read one of the First Amendment Museum’s favorite children’s books. The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! by Carmen Agra Deedy.

In the story, a town allowed a law against singing and noise-making to take hold and villagers see firsthand the change that makes in their lives. One day, a rooster (a saucy gallito) came to the village and could not keep from singing: Kee-kee-ree-kee. Through this colorful children’s book, young people can see how fragile our freedoms are and how speaking up and speaking out can make a real difference.

After hearing the story, students drew a picture and wrote a sentence about something they care deeply about and are committed to speaking up about in their community. Here are a few of the responses.

I will speak up about not getting bossed around.
Everybody should be able to play.
I choose what team to support.
Being able to dream.

Students in the Monmouth Class generously donated their voices to the museum in an audio recording of their classes singing My Country ‘Tis of Thee

If you are interested in having someone from the First Amendment Museum visit your elementary classroom to read a First Amendment-related story, contact the museum: 207.557.2290

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