Who won the ‘best colony’ ad? Georgia, with runner up Pennsylvania as the colonies the 8th graders would most like to move to (these two beat out Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia). The 8th graders did gather that no matter which colony you lived in, most colonies were mostly self-governing, and were not too keen on Great Britain asserting its control in the form of taxes after the French and Indian War. The 8th graders have also done a close reading of the Mayflower Compact as well as some fiery Great Awakening sermons. They have analyzed political cartoons like the famous ‘Join, or Die’ one by Ben Franklin , and categorized the persuasive language of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense.
Up next: The Declaration of Independence and why we celebrate July 4th not July 2nd!
We are bidding goodbye to Western Europe for a time, and traveling east to the Byzantine Empire. Although the seventh graders have loved creating skits about peasants and knights and lords and ladies, and have enjoyed visiting many holy sites like Canterbury Cathedral where Thomas Becket is buried, and liked investigating the cause of the Bubonic Plague and discovering how the Hundred Years War helped lead to the decline of feudalism, and of course hearing stories about the extremely harsh criminal justice system, they are excited to travel someplace new!
Up next: fighting between the Blues and the Greens at the Hippodrome!
From studying hominids and cave paintings to studying the achievements of the Mesopotamian empires like the sundial, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the strategy of siege warfare and Hammerabi’s Code of laws, the sixth graders have truly become distinguished archaeologists and historians.
Up next: the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt and a falucca boat trip down the Nile River!
In 8th grade Religion, we are continuing our study of Church history. The eighth graders did a great job on their most recent project-they created amazing skits and text messages imagining what Jesus’ reaction to the Crusades and Church corruption in the Middle Ages would be. In general, the students felt Jesus would not be happy about this period of Church history because it did not reflect his true message.
Up next: a rosary project with our kindergarten buddies!