The Social Studies Corner — 8th Grade

Our eighth grade students have completed a chapter in which they explored liberty, democracy and the manner in which these concepts were not always extended to all members of American society.  Students learned about the aftermath of the Seven Years War and the Great Awakening and their place in shaping the American psyche.  They also studied the theories of the English Enlightenment thinkers, focusing on the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Montesquieu and Voltiere, and their place in the crafting of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.  Students then explored the various views of the Emancipation Proclamation and its place in the American experience.  As part of their Springfield trip, they analyzed the language of the document, the writings of contemporaries of Abraham Lincoln (including Frederick Douglass) and current historians as they addressed the motivations behind Lincoln’s execution of the document and its true impact on enslaved peoples.

This week the students began study of the First World War.  They began the chapter through a role-playing exercise in which they took on the political views of the European powers that were central to the inception of war.  Students will continue to focus on these powers as we explore the advance of the War and move towards a discussion of American resistence to joining the war effort.

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