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You Can Quote Me

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Middle and High School English, Language Arts, Social Studies

Students will:
• Explain the connection between a quotation and its author.
• Identify examples of service and commitment from the vignette.

Citizen Service Before Self Honoree Focus:
 Rick Rescorla, Vice President/Director of Security, Morgan Stanley, New York,  New York

Note to Teacher:
For background knowledge before viewing the vignette about Rick Rescorla, the teacher may need
to review the circumstances of the bombing of the World Trade Center which occurred on
February 26, 1993
. A truck bomb was detonated underneath the North Tower of the World Trade
Center in New York City. The 1,336 pound urea nitrate–hydrogen gas enhanced device was intended
to knock the North Tower (Tower One) into the South Tower (Tower Two), bringing both towers down
and killing tens of thousands of people. The Towers did not collapse, but six people were killed and
more than a thousand were injured. The attack was planned by six men who were convicted of conspiracy
and explosive destruction of property and interstate transportation of explosives.

Introductory Activity:
Analyzing quotations can give us insight into the people who said them and the values they believed in.
Today we will begin by examining several quotations to determine what the authors believed in.

Place the following names on the board: John F. Kennedy, Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
and Mother Theresa. Using this name bank, students will complete the “Who said that?” worksheet.
After completion,
students will compare their findings with a partner.

Whole Group Activity:
The teacher will lead a discussion on the worksheet activity, giving the correct answers to the authors
of the quotations and what the quotations may mean. (Answers: 1. Mahatma Gandhi, 2. John F. Kennedy,
3. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Theresa, 5. Rick Rescorla

The teacher will guide students to determine the common themes in the quotations (service and commitment).
The final quotation is from Citizen Service Before Self Honoree, Rick Rescorla. The students will watch the
vignette about Rick Rescorla. While watching, the students will look for examples of Rick Rescorla’s service
and commitment.

Individual Activity:
In two or three sentences, students will explain how Rick Rescorla’s vignette connects to his quotation
on the worksheet.

Small Group Activity:

Students will share their responses with a partner. Each pair will then create a consensus statement
on the connection
between Rick Rescorla’s quotation and the vignette.

Whole Group Activity:
The teacher will ask each pair of students to share its consensus statement. The teacher will lead
a discussion focusing on Rick Rescorla’s service and commitment, allowing for connections to other
values such as sacrifice and patriotism to be discussed.

Concluding Activity:
Students will select a quotation from the worksheet and write a paragraph on how their selection
relates to Rick Rescorla. How did Rick Rescorla's actions demonstrate the values of service and

Student responses, Class discussion


Stewart, James B. Heart of a Soldier. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2002.

Extended Activity:
Research the authors of the quotations and report on their involvement in society at the time.
Describe how a quotation reflects the beliefs of its author.

"Who Said That" Worksheet

Who Said That Worksheet

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Citizen Honors - Rick Rescorla