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Middle School Social Studies

Differences are apparent. Tensions are rising. Conflict is inevitable.
We’re getting closer and closer to the Civil War in social studies. Students have finished their news show projects on 19th century technology, agriculture, labor, transportation, etc. They also wrapped up a mini-unit on reform movements which included key figures in the education, women’s rights, abolition, mentally ill, and temperance movements. Just this week, we’ve begun a unit on the events leading up to the Civil War, where students will role-play different perspectives in America and express their interests and preferences based on key events. Some will be heard. Others will be shut out of the process, unfortunately. Look for the news show and other social studies projects at the Curriculum Celebration in a few weeks.

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