Teacher unveils book inspired by Obama and family

January 8th, 2009 - 6:11 pm ICT by ANI  

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Washington, Jan 8 (ANI): A Prince George’’s County teacher is so inspired by Barack Obama that he has gone ahead and wrote a book of word searches and puzzles based on the President-elect and his family.

The Rev. Eugene Williams Sr., of Clinton has self-published “Words, Cross & Across: Word Searches on Barack Obama” inspired by Obamas rhetoric and his family.

The 67-year-old author said that he got struck by the idea for the book last year when his 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade English students at Annapolis Road Academy, in Bladensburg, failed to understand many of the words in Obama’’s book “The Audacity of Hope” and Martin Luther King’’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

“I see it as a family-oriented book. It’’s a good way to bring families together and learn new words,” The Washington Times quoted Williams as saying.

He further said that he designed the searches and charts with word meanings and usage components so that students could also learn definitions.

In fact, a large number of his words were taken from the SAT prep class he taught, but not all the words are so complex.

In fact, he deliberately used words such as “father,” “nice” and “bank to balance out “elucidate,” “puissant,” and “gregarious,” thus making it possible for even younger children to learn from the book.

“We want parents to sit down with children as young as 2- or 3-years-old,” said Williams.

For writing the 156-page book, Williams even made it a point to watch the president-elect on the Web site YouTube, to help him make better associations with Obama’’s word choices.

“I teach words by association,” said Williams.

The book will be available at Local bookstores, Amazon.com and his Web site, www.academicresourcesunlimited.org, and the proceeds from its sales will go to Academic Resources Unlimited Inc., a nonprofit group created by Williams.

“People are buying everything about Barack Obama,” said Williams.

After the release, he sent two copies of “Words” to the Obama campaign office in Chicago - one for the President-elect and another for his wife, Michelle.

Williams said he knew the Obamas would appreciate his book because they shared the same philosophy on education.

“With an educated populace, we have a better society,” said Williams. (ANI)

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