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Middle School Social Studies News: May 2013

To wrap up our unit on Guatemala, students participated in a very intriguing debate, analyzing the United States’ decision to overthrow Jacobo Arbenz in 1954.  Some dressed like landless Mayan peasants, United Fruit executives, American citizens, CIA operatives and Arbenz himself.  We even had a student dress like a banana in first hour.
We are currently transitioning between units focusing on the role of government.  Students already analyzed the decisions in Guatemala; soon they will begin theorizing what a responsible government should do and whether or not our current government is meeting citizens’ expectations.  We will look at various types of governments, the uniqueness of the American democracy, and finally how special interests play a part in the decision-making process.  This is a completely new unit for me, but one that seems very relevant.

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