Welcome to 8th grade social studies! Use this site for helpful links and project information. Each Unit page has sub-pages - click on the arrow to the left of each Unit page to reveal them.
All students who are visiting this site for the first time should take a quick look at each page listed on the sidebar to see what is currently available here.
Here is the "Who Are You?" Google form
Websites to explore and extend your learning for each unit...
- In the Past Lane (American History blog by Holy Cross Professor Ed O'Donnell
- Kind World
- Amazing photography
- Today's news from multiple perspectives
- Equal Justice Initiative by Bryan Stevenson
- African American Odyssey @ Library of Congress
- Code Switch
- 50th Anniversary (2018) of Wayland/METCO partnership
- Women's Rights National Historical Park
One of my favorite quotes about justice comes from the Robert Kennedy grave site (above left) at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. It reads:
"It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is [thus] shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." - South Africa 1966
The same idea is embodied in the following quote from President Obama (above right) as he delivered a speech on the 50th anniversary of the March On Washington on August 28, 1963:
"But we would dishonor those heroes as well to suggest that the work of this nation is somehow complete. The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but it doesn't bend on its own. To secure the gains this country has made requires constant vigilance, not complacency. Whether by challenging those who erect new barriers to the vote, or ensuring that the scales of justice work equally for all, and the criminal justice system is not simply a pipeline from underfunded schools to overcrowded jails, it requires vigilance."
IN CLASS WE WILL SUMMARIZE THE LESSON WITH A LAST SECOND SHOT!
HERE'S A FEW FOR INSPIRATION:
Look at the amazing juggling skills!