Three months ago, we started this journey. Along the way we have explored 11 Universal Themes and their accompanying Generalizations with the use of 55 brand new quotation slides. Now, after literally thousands of votes and a multitude of deeply engaging conversations, we are down to THE FINAL FOUR! Let's dive in to who made to the final vote of the season and what's so special about each of these slides.
There were some pretty tough decisions to make. I certainly had my favorites of the bunch, but neither Kate DiCamillo nor Abigail Adams made it to the final round. I was really surprised at how close the vote was between Mr. Rogers and Gandhi. I was even more surprised by how much Reagan and Einstein won!
Now there's ONE FINAL VOTE! The Polls close on Sunday, April 18th at 11:59PM ET. I will be back on Monday Afternoon to announce the 2021 Quote Madness Champion.
The quote from President Ronald Reagan was part of the slides from CONFLICT and is from a commencement address at Eureka College in 1982. You can see a video clip of him saying these words here. I usually try to track the source of the quote. It's not always possible, but it is always worth the effort. The image is Reagan's Presidential Portrait by Everett Raymond Kinstler which can be found at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. This quote is the only one of the Final Four to use the Century Schoolbook Regular font. As we discussed in the CONFLICT post, it is very similar in nature and structure to two other quotes.
Interestingly, this quote from Albert Einstein representing FORCE is very similar in structure to the Reagan quote. Together these two quotes are a Who Said It Best? waiting to happen! I used the color matching too to emulate the sepia tone for the background of the slide. This photo of Albert Einstein was taken by Ferdinand Schmutzer during a lecture in Vienna, Austria in 1921. That would make Einstein 42 years old in the photo. This slide and the three following ones all use the Merriweather font. It is a solid choice if you are looking for a Serif font.
There are so many fantastic quotes from Maya Angelou. Although, there are many that are attributed to her that were not actually said or written by her. I spent more time than I should have to try and track down the source on this one, but came up empty handed. Although there are so many people attributing this to Angelou, that I feel fairly confident that she must have said it at some point. This slide makes use of the Instant Alpha feature to remove the background. I settled on this grayish color because I thought it provided a nice contrast without being overwhelming. I love the look on her face. I wonder what is she thinking? This quote was part of the ADAPT Universal Theme although it uses the word CHANGE. I am still wondering how CHANGE and ADAPT are significantly different. This is the only one of the Final Four slides that does not use a signature.
The last of the quotes in the Final Four comes from Mr. Rogers and was part of the series of quotes about RELATIONSHIPS. Mr. Rogers made it to the Final Four in 2020. Will this be his year? This slide uses the Bold version of the Merriweather font. I really love the contrast of the bright red sweater to the rest of the slide and that he is in the act of putting it on. I wonder if he had to pose that way, and if so for how long did he hold his arm up in that position? I also really like the repetition of ALL as three separate sentences.
Well, it's up to you now to decide. Who is going to be this year's Curious Quote Champion? If you are sharing this in your classroom, I would love to hear how it goes?