The Social Studies Corner – 8th Grade

Over the past few weeks, the 8th grade class has taken a critical look at the origins of American democracy and the promises that are central to concepts of liberty. Students explored the breaks from hierarchical traditions that followed the North American phase of the Seven Years War, the Great Awakening and the transport of ideas of the Enlightenment to the New World. The chapter culminated in an analysis of the Emancipation Proclamation and the liberties that were provided to limited populations within the American state. The close of the chapter coincided with a trip to Springfield in which students learned more about Lincoln, his philosophy and his efforts to save the Union.  Students also experienced American democracy at the state level when they were provided with the opportunity to both argue and vote on a proposed bill on the Illinois House floor.  

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