Washington, DC 2014

            With our trip to DC rapidly approaching, it's time to take out the maps and guides and start planing what we want to see. DC is first and foremost an opportunity to grow and experience the world outside of the classroom. It is an important aspect of your education. Before you go, you will chose an aspect of that world to focus on, something you will pay special attention to as you work your way through the museums and memorials the city has to offer. You will share this special focus with others, helping them to see history through your eyes.
White House

In case you want to know
what standards you're meeting 
museum hopping and
walking through the city,
here you go:

Language Arts:

Writing 8.6  - Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.

Speaking and Listening 8.1 - Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher- led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics,texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

a. Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.

c. Pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers and respond to others’questions and comments with relevant evidence, observations, and ideas.

d. Acknowledge new information expressed by others, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views in light of the evidence presented.

Social Studies: 

WHST 6-8.7 - Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration. 

The DC project will take place in three phases. Click on each phase for instructions and rubrics.

Phase 1: Choosing a trip focus and creating research questions.

Phase 2: Interacting and sharing with peers through daily accounts of your discoveries and online postings.

Phase 3: Creating an original iMovie that sums up your experience and shares your findings with others.