8th Grade Newsletter

2/14/18 American Imperialism Presentation

posted Feb 12, 2018, 12:45 PM by Rob Alajoki

American Imperialism 8th grade presentation

2/15/18 WWI in 6 Minutes

posted Feb 10, 2018, 2:58 PM by Rob Alajoki

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2/12/18 What are the -isms?

posted Feb 7, 2018, 1:31 PM by Rob Alajoki   [ updated Feb 10, 2018, 1:54 PM ]

What are the -isms?

Isolationism-  A diplomatic policy whereby a nation seeks to avoid alliances with other nations.

Imperialism or Colonialism- A policy of extending control or authority over foreign countries.

Expansionism-  An idea to expand American territories where ever possible.

Alaska Hawaii Philippines

Puerto Rico Guam Panama

Nationalism- A feeling of intense loyalty to one’s own country.

Militarism- One nation increased its military strength, its rivals felt threatened and built up their own military in response.

American Imperialism

2/8/18 What is happening here?

posted Feb 6, 2018, 8:59 PM by Rob Alajoki   [ updated Feb 7, 2018, 6:31 AM ]

2/5/18 Reform and the Economy

posted Jan 31, 2018, 9:19 AM by Rob Alajoki

1/22/18 Immigration Overview Video

posted Jan 18, 2018, 12:44 PM by Rob Alajoki

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1/16/18 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

posted Jan 14, 2018, 8:39 PM by Rob Alajoki   [ updated Jan 14, 2018, 8:46 PM ]


Go to the website above.  Watch the videos and read the article.  Write down one interesting fact that you did not know about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to discuss on Friday 1/19/18.

1/19/18 Two Poetic Views of Immigration

posted Jan 12, 2018, 9:22 AM by Rob Alajoki

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

—    Emma Lazarus, 1883


Unguarded Gates

…. Wide open and unguarded stand our gates,
And through them presses a wild motley throng 
Men from the Volga and the Tartar steppes,
Featureless figures of the Hoang-Ho,
Malayan, Scythian, Teuton, Kelt, and Slav,
Flying the Old World’s poverty and scorn;
These bringing with them unknown gods and rites,
Those, tiger passions, here to stretch their claws.
In street and alley what strange tongues are loud,
Accents of menace alien to our air,
Voices that once the Tower of Babel knew!
O Liberty, white Goddess! is it well
To leave the gates unguarded? On thy breast
Fold Sorrow’s children, soothe the hurts of fate,
Lift the down-trodden, but with hand of steel
Stay those who to thy sacred portals come
To waste the gifts of freedom. Have a care
Lest from thy brow the clustered stars be torn
And trampled in the dust. For so of old
The thronging Goth and Vandal trampled Rome,
And where the temples of the Caesars stood
The lean wolf unmolested made her lair.

— Thomas Bailey Aldrich, 1895

1/15/18 Immigration Political Cartoons

posted Jan 12, 2018, 8:44 AM by Rob Alajoki   [ updated Jan 12, 2018, 9:23 AM ]

I/12/18 Immigration Charts and Rap

posted Jan 10, 2018, 7:50 PM by Rob Alajoki

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