Friday, May 30, 2014

CCS Social Studies - May - June 2014

CCS Social Studies - May - June 2014

8th Grade social studies students have been focusing on the 4-I's: industrialism, immigration, inventions, and imperialism.  Each "I" influences the others throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s.  Students debate whether figures like Rockefeller, Carnegie, Vanderbilt, and Morgan are captains of industry or robber barons.  How does the wealth inequality of the Gilded Age compare with the wealth inequality of today?  Is the video in this link ( ) propaganda?  What does the data indicate?

Extra credit opportunities for 8th grade students include: 1) researching and presenting on one of the presidents from the Gilded Age (Grant, Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, Cleveland, Harrison, McKinley), 2) Create chapter questions for the book Children of the West, or for the book, Immigrant Kids, 3) Complete the World War I internet search packet.

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In 6th and 7th grade social studies (both blue and gold groups), students have recently completed their unit on the conclusion Middle Ages, and are learning about the rebirth after some dark times!  The Renaissance
unit focuses on the big ideas that the arts, philosophy, science, and literature flourish during this time.  It was also a time when people were looking back at what was lost (neo-classical).  These new humanist ways of thinking resulted in challenges to the established religion of the Catholic Church in the time period we call the Reformation.  Could the Reformation have happened without the Renaissance?

Extra credit opportunities for 6/7th grade students include: 1) teach chess to someone outside of middle school, 2) create a modern or local chess set, 3) write an extension of your "pilgrim's" tale, 4) illuminate a medieval letter, 5) create additional Renaissance revolutionaries trading cards, 6) add captions to the medieval comic strip.  

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