The Past Two Weeks in History 11/19-11/30

  • Saturday, December 1st – Catholic High School Entrance Exam
  • Monday, December 3rd – Advent Reconciliation grades 3-8, starting at 9 am
  • Tuesday, December 4th – “Fun” raiser at Chipotle in Countryside, 5pm
  • Tuesday, December 4th – Cardinal College, 7pm
  • Wednesday, December 5th – Club and team yearbook pictures
  • Thursday, December 6th – $1 bright green and purple dress down day
  • Friday, December 7th – 8 am Mass, grades 5-8

That’s Ancient History (6)

We’ve continued our unit on Ancient Egypt these past two weeks. The students have been gathering information on the first era of Egypt’s history, the Old Kingdom. It was in this kingdom that most of Egypt’s society came to be, with social structure, pharaohs, the Great Pyramids (Earth’s last standing ancient wonder), religion, mummification, and more! This week the students learned why the pyramids were built, how dynasties worked, and gathered information on the different parts of Egyptian social structure by exploring a day in the life of a pharaoh, vizier (government official), priest, artisans, and peasants. Once students better understand the roles of the people of Egypt, they will present a dramatization of that person’s day. Next week we look to explore hieroglyphics, religion and mummification, and the famous pharaohs of the middle and new kingdoms through art, research, and experiences.

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The Constitutional Classroom (7)

The 7th graders began their big Constitution unit this week! The students started by walking in our founding father’s shoes, taking a look at how they would have gone about making laws regarding state and national government, voting, slavery, and term limits. The students came up with interesting ideas on how to solve some of these early issues. We then analyzed the Articles of Confederation, our first national form of government. The students then evaluated why the Congress chose to include these specific laws, using previously learned history from the Revolution. They then assessed the document for weaknesses, and how these weaknesses might have caused problems for our early nation. Next week we will begin to compare and contrast the Articles of Confederation to the Constitution, analyzing the changes that the Congress felt they needed to make. The students will also take some time to analyze their sources for history fair and begin to build their thesis statement.

As always, the students should continue to find sources that provide background information and help to influence their argument for their chosen topic.

*For any more information regarding specifics on History Fair, please refer to Google Classroom and reference pages sent in a previous email.**

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America on the World’s Stage (8)

The 8th graders finished up their study of WWI this week. We began by comparing Wilson’s 14 points and the Treaty of Versailles, analyzing how the two documents handled the aftermath of the war in Europe. The students gathered that Wilson tried to address the M.A.I.N. reasons for WWI (militarism, alliances, imperialism, and nationalism) whereas the Treaty looked to pin the war on one country. They then made the connections between the terrible state Germany was left in and how this led to a rise in Nazism and WWII. We are lucky to have our WWI unit coincide with the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, so students had a chance to see how the world celebrated these historical events and why poppies remain a constant symbol of veterans. The 8th graders then took a look at how the war changed the map and geography of Europe by labeling and coloring a before and after map. They focused on the new countries and territories created by the Treaty of Versailles and how these changes affected the world’s stage for years to come. The students will review and take their test on WWI next Thursday and then we will begin our exploration of post-war America.

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