The Past Two Weeks in History

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Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, March 26 – $1 Student Council dress down, College Themed
  • Wednesday, March 27 – D4D at Portillo’s at 5 pm
  • Thursday, March 28 – Stations of the Cross at 2:30 pm
  • Friday, March 29 – Auction shirt dress down day
  • Saturday, March 30 – St. Cletus Auction
  • Monday, April 1-Friday, April 5 – ASPIRE testing week
  • Thursday, April 4 – Stations of the Cross at 2:30 pm

That’s Ancient History (6)

Students just finished up their study of Buddhism and Hinduism this past week with a quiz. We focused on the development of the religion, how Prince Siddartha came upon the ideas that brought forth this widely worshipped religion. Students were able to compare and contrast how some of the same ideas are a part of Hinduism as well as Buddhism, but their views of the world are different. Students followed the journey Prince Siddartha went on and learned from the Dalai Lama on how to approach happiness. These next two weeks students will explore the empires of India. We began examining Ashoka and the Mauryan kingdom by reading about how Ashoka ruled through the teachings of Buddhism, spreading the religion to many parts of Asia. They will then be asked to become experts on a specific edict (special announcements made by Ashoka) and design a billboard to advertise these ideas. Students will then go on a journey analyzing each edict. We will then take a trip to the Gupta empire and explore how India’s empires brought forth many new technologies we use today. Students will then be asked to design a commercial for one of these innovations.

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The Constitutional Classroom (7)

Students have finally reached the end of their Constitution unit! These past two weeks students have explored the Bill of Rights and analyzed how these laws come into play with our modern lives every day. Students were given scenarios where an amendment could have been broken, and they were asked to analyze those situations and name the amendment that protected that right. Last week we jumped into the last branch of government, the judicial branch. We closely read about the jobs and limitations given to this branch and closely explored how the Supreme Court makes decisions on what is Constitutional and uses the Bill of Rights to do so. We then had a special visit from Mr. Pickett, who shared his Constitutional knowledge with the students and quizzed them to prepare them for our week focused on review. As we head into the week of the test, students were provided with a study guide to continue studying for the test on Friday, March 29. Throughout the week we will be playing a variety of review games, taking a practice test and gaining confidence as we head into Friday. Students can continue to study vocabulary and concepts on Quizlet and studying the running study guide and notes we have been making. After we finish the test we will jump into exploring the early republic and the many important decision our first leaders had to make for our young nation.

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America on the World’s Stage (8)

The 8th graders have been continuing their study of WWII with a focus on the American homefront. We explored Japanese internment by examining many primary source documents that presented Japanese internment in different ways. Students were then asked to make a decision on why they felt the Japanese were incarcerated during the war and to prove their point using some of the sources we explored. We then went on to explore how women, African Americans, Native Americans, and the everyday American experienced the war. This coming week we will read about the homefront programs and then engage in examining the Holocaust. We will begin by taking a look at Kristallnacht, exploring how this event was experienced by the many people involved and what this one act eventually led to. We will then take a look at how the Nazis were able to carry out this genocide and the many different ways people fell into the following categories: perpetrator, victim, bystander, and upstander. Students will experience these events through first-person testimonies and video clips. Next week we will finish up our focus on the Holocaust and dive into famous battles and the decision to use the Atomic Bomb. 

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