30 Mar History/Social Studies
Our Social Studies classes have started the 4th quarter in a high gear, exploring three different regions of the world: United States, Europe, and Greece. Our 5th and 8th grades kicked it off with the European exploration of the American colonies. They are working on the political, economic, and personal biographies of the Spanish explorers in the American colonies.
Our 6th and 7th grades engaged in Greek mythology, the Spartan and Athenian animosity, as well as the reign of Alexander the Great. Having spent a reasonable amount of time working on documents on the Athenian democracy and the Spartan military, our 6th and 7th graders are invested in an activity to interview one another on the life, the politics, and the treatment of men, women, and children in either the Athenian community or the Spartan community. Students have been assigned which state they represent and the key areas they should focus on while interviewing other students from a different state. It is going to be either Sparta! Or Athens! But not both! The winner takes it all.
In high school, the classes are focused on investigating absolute rule in Europe, particularly in Spain, England, France, Austria, and Prussia. This week they gathered and presented information highlighting the good, the bad, and the ugly on their different choices of a European absolute king or queen. They also expressed their general opinion on the leadership of the respective kings or queens they respectively investigated.