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Friday, September 11, 2009

7th and 8th grade 9/11 assignment

Objectives: To help students understand that personal testimonies tell a story of an event from many different perspectives, and that the role of historians is to create an accurate public record of history.

What you should be able to do:

-Identify primary sources.

- Record a story of September 11, 2001.

-Record the impact as told through the eyes of someone who remembers it.(You need to interview at least 2 on your own and the other 2 may be taken from

-Compare and contrast the different point of view reflected in various accounts, and recognize that individual and personal memories reflect different point of views on an event.


-Paper/notebooks/ for recording interviews (recording optional)

-additional first hand accounts:

Questions to keep in mind when you create your chart or write your essay:

-Why is the history of the events of September 11, 2001 important to record?

-Think about who spoke the words? What is that person’s relationship to the event? When was the story recorded? Is there any bias?


Step 1 : Record the name of the person being interviewed and how you know him/her.

Step 2: Ask the following questions and any additional ones you think of:

- Why is the history of the events of September 11, 2001 important to record?

-How did you learn about the events?

-What do you recall about the events and other events related to it?

-Why is the event important for people in the future to know about these events?

-How is your life different as a result of September 11, 2001.

Step 3: Write a compare and contrast essay or create a chart comparing and contrasting your findings.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

6th Spelling: Communication

Hello students and parents,
We are currently learning words relating to communication. Parents, please make sure to review these words to help students apply the words to real life. The words are color coded in groups of 10. You will be assessed on spelling and vocabulary for each of the 10 word groups.

word list:
revoke , advocate, eloquent, persuasive, audible, response, refrain, volume, resound, oration/
convocation, audition, elocution, evoke, colloquial, auditory, provoke, invoke, audio, vocation/
utter, renounce, mute, discourse, fluent, verbose, verbalize, inquire, exaggerate, lucid

7th lesson 3 Traveling Through the Past

Hello 7th graders,
As you read the lesson, try to think of some methods historians might use to reconstruct the past. Remember that your objectives are geared towards understanding the the sources of information historians use to learn about the past, and explain how point of view affects our interpretation of historical sources. Here is the PPT guide for the reading: