The Past Two Weeks in History

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Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, February 26 – $1 Blue Dress Down Day
  • Wednesday, February 27 – All School Mass 9 am
  • Thursday, February 28 – 8th-grade picture retake
  • Friday, March 1 – 8 am Mass
  • Friday, March 1 – End of trimester 2
  • Tuesday, March 5 – Aspire Interim Testing
  • Wednesday, March 6 – Ash Wednesday Mass 9:20 am
  • Thursday, March 7 – Auction Shirt Dress Down
  • Thursday, March 7 – 11:30 dismissal, Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Friday, March 8 – No School

That’s Ancient History (6)

We began this week by continuing our study of the geography of India. Students gained a better understanding of the geographical areas of India by labeling maps and researching each location. They then assessed which area would be the ideal place for people to settle based on the knowledge they gained. We worked as a class to rank each location and discussed why people would have chosen certain areas using background knowledge of where civilizations tend to grow. Students had the chance to experiment with Prezi to present their information and many said they loved the different features they could use on this platform. They then have the opportunity to act as archaeologists, digging up artifacts to learn about the Indus river valley. Their goal is to figure out what these artifacts tell about life in Mohenjodaro, an ancient Indian city. Next week we will take a map labeling quiz and jump into our study and comparison of the religions of India: Hinduism and Buddhism. 


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The Constitutional Classroom (7)

Last week the 7th graders explored the words of the preamble by creating a stretch-book depicting a graphic representation of the meaning of the words. They then explored the Six Principles of the Constitution (checks and balances, federalism, popular sovereignty, republicanism, separation of powers, and limited government) with an escape room. This week we began to explore the branches of government, beginning with the executive branch to celebrate Presidents’ Day.  We began by gathering information on the formal and informal roles of the president and then jumped into analyzing the requirements to become president, where term limits come from and the order of succession after the president. Students were given situations in which they had to decide how they would act as president and explain what power of the presidency allowed them to do this. Next week we will focus on the legislative and judicial branches and move on to the Bill of Rights in the coming weeks. Students should continue to study vocabulary and concepts on Quizlet and studying the running study guide and notes we have been making.

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America on the World’s Stage (8)

Last week we finished up our study of the Great Depression with a quiz and then the 8th graders jumped into WWII this week. We began by exploring the vocabulary, people, and places in the lead up to the war and explored the different dictators who came to power. Students then began to research three main Axis leaders: Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and Hideki Tojo, exploring their similarities and differences in leadership. Then they will use this information to write a persuasive speech arguing against a specific dictator, attempting to convince the people of that country to strip them of power. Along with this speech exploration, students will gather information on the beginning of the war and how America and European countries reacted to Hitler’s invasions of multiple countries. They will do this by exploring primary source cartoons, videos, and reenactments.

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