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The Power of Words

The Power of Words

As we enter into our 3rd and final case study of our expedition, we examine the law of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence as the cornerstone and foundation of the United States government.  Beginning with the infamous “Paul Revere’s Ride,” students have compared and contrasted multiple historical primary sources and created beautiful found poetry through the lens of works by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Phyllis Wheatly.  We have also composed a “rap” based on Taxation of the colonies (to be performed at our Social Dance final product).  Next up, we will create a personal Decalogue, comprised of 10 “maxims” (thank you, Dr. Franklin), and will work from a menu system to create a synthesis box that holds learned information about the famous and important documents that have shaped our country.   Continue reading

Redcoats and Rebels: The Pursuit of Life, Liberty, and Happiness on American Soil

“Of the people, for the people, by the people.  Democracy!”

Students are wrapping up their exploration of the 13 colonies and 3 regions established by the Rebels this week.  Our first Case Study:  Colony Vs. King, has examined the influence King George of England had  on the people under his rule and escaping his rule.  Also, students in the Brisbin Crew have learned the 13 colonies’ locations and similarities and differences these colonies shared together.  Though our fieldwork was canceled, students still participated in a reenactment of 13 different battles, claiming each of the colonies, one by one.  Though the Redcoats won (by one colony!) students were able to examine the unjust nature and imbalance of power exhibited by the armies of the Redcoats and the Rebels.  We even tried to recruit our neighbors to fight on our sides during our glow in the dark bocce tournament in the gym with our buddies, the Bell Crew.  The Brisbin Crew has taken an in-depth look into the motivations of the Founding Fathers and their Rebel followers , including the political, social, religious, and economic reasons why these people chose to break away and start a revolution.

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