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The Gettysburg Address
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Sorry I can't be here today, but I've got a somewhat fun activity in store for you... (and if you do it well, a much more fun activity on Friday).
On Tuesday, we talked about how the United States was growing westward. Countries used to acquire land in many different ways: fighting for it, buying it, or just straight up saying it was theirs.
Today, you'll be learning about the United States' single biggest acquisition of land ever... the Louisiana Purchase.
You'll start off by reading page 198-199 in History Alive, which should give you all the information you'll need to complete this project.
You will then create a poster (using crayons, colored pencils, markers, rulers, etc.) that shows what you've learned.
You have two options for the type of poster you want to create...
(With either poster, think about these questions: Is the Mississippi River important? How might the U.S. use the land? What is our "Manifest Destiny"?
You have the entire block period to work on this poster, so show the proper amount of time and effort in what you turn in. Make me proud and we'll have fun on Friday.
(About the map up top: The green area is what the U.S. looked like prior to the Louisiana Purchase. The dark brown area is the Louisiana Territory that was purchased from the French. You can see that this purchase basically doubled the size of the country.)
1. Finish your script. Make sure it includes all the important information and make sure it is at least one minute long. (Use the stopwatch in the "Clock" iPad app if you want.)
2. Show me your script and I'll tell you if you can move on to step 3.
3. Click one of the pictures below (of either Hamilton or Jefferson) to enlarge it, then tap and hold to save the picture to your camera roll.
4. Open the app "Morfo", then click "Menu" (top left), "Create New Face", "Touch Here to Choose a Photo" (left) and then choose the photo... Next, line up the picture with the eyes, nose, lips, etc. Press the Record button to record your script. This app only allows you to record for a maximum of 30 seconds, meaning you'll need to make at least 2 different videos, BUT be sure not to record the second one until you know I've received the first.
VERY IMPORTANT: Please LISTEN to your video before you turn it in. Make sure it sounds just like you intended... If you can barely understand it, none of us will understand it at all. And for goodness sakes, do NOT use the "High Pitch" voice. :)
To send me the video...
5...you will press "Share" and then "Save a Video" to add it to your camera roll.
6.Then go on to your class's Padlet page and upload it just like you would a picture. Just PLEASE be sure to include your name AND what part of your video it is. What I mean is if you have three parts of your video, title them "Joey and Robbie, part 1", "Joey and Robbie, part 2", and "Joey and Robbie, part 3" on Padlet.
7. Once you're done with your first part, start working on the second part by repeating steps 4-7.
If you have all of this done today, we'll be able to watch them on the block day and make President Washington's prediction come true.
When you are done...
Today you'll begin on page 145 of History Alive. Come in and read this page, and then we'll discuss it as a class. If you finish, go ahead and start reading the next few pages.
Next, I want you and a partner to read page 146, "Launching a New Government". Find the main ideas and create a PicCollage that describes and shows them. Please post your PicCollage on Padlet; you can find your class's Padlet page at the top of the screen in the dropdown for "8th Grade".
After the Constitution was written, it had to be ratified (approved) by the states to actually become official. Many of the states didn't want to approve it because they feared that their citizens wouldn't have any rights. Therefore, James Madison and others decided to write a "Bill of Rights", which were the first ten amendments to the Constitution.
Today, you'll discover a bit more about these amendments (although I bet you know quite a bit already). Start by reading this article about life without the Bill of Rights. With a partner and in complete sentences, write down every right that has been violated.
When you have finished, you may begin your HOMEWORK. (You know just how much your grades were affected by homework last quarter... Don't let yourself fall behind again this time.) For homework, you are going to make 14 cartoons depicting (showing) the rights that are listed in the first 10 amendments. (Why 14? Because there are actually 5 rights included in the very first amendment.) The cartoons do not have to be well-drawn. Stick figures are the best that I could do, so stick figures are fine. If you would like to start the quarter off on the right foot, feel free to create cartoons for Amendments 11-27 for extra credit.
We now know that the purpose of the Constitution is to form a better government. The framers of the Constitution must have done a good job because their idea for government has lasted over 200 years.
The Constitution is like a rule book. The NBA, NFL, and MLB all have rule books that explain basic details as well as really specific details for how a sport works. Similarly, the Constitution explains all the basics for our government, but also really specific details. We're not going to worry about the smaller details, but we do need to understand the main ideas.
Your group is going to split into three based on your seats: ones, twos, and threes.
Each mini-group will then make a PicCollage for the branch of government that they researched. Each PicCollage should answer these questions:
Include any other details that you want, and include at least 3 pictures that are relevant to your branch.
When you are done, post your PicCollage to your class's Padlet.
(Remember WallWisher? They changed their name to Padlet. Why? I don't know.)
Here are links to the Padlets for each class: