Agora - Experiential Learning
Discover Washington D.C.! 8th Grade
The eighth grade students will bring US history and government to life as they discover Washington DC. As students are learning about the beginning of our Federal government, they will explore critical modern events such as: the Cold War, Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam Conflict, and the Space Race. Their understanding of the balance of powers that exist in our government will deepen as they visit the Capitol and memorials of some of our nation’s most influential past presidents. While examining primary sources and multimedia outlets, students will analyze how government, social, and political events interweave and influence our world today.
In preparation for the trip, students will work in groups to explore the development and significance of sites in the nation’s capital. Through the year-long project, BENGALocity Travel Experts, student teams will create a logo for our trip, teach each other preliminary facts about their sites, and create a scavenger hunt to be completed by students at the sites. Student groups will also help to document our visit to their sites and reflect on, “why is it significant to travel to Washington DC?”
WASHINGTON DC FACULTY TEAM
David McQuade is in his fifth year teaching Social Studies for grades 6-8 at SBPS. He is a graduate in History at Stephen F. Austin State University. This will be Mr. McQuade’s third visit to Washington D.C. He looks forward to sharing this experience with this year’s 8th grade class and bringing back many items to use in the classroom.
Zora Voynovich is in her third year teaching Mathematics at SBPS. She majored in Mathematics and History at DePaul University and earned her Masters from DePaul as well. Ms. Voynovich is excited to embark on her third trip to Washington DC (her first being her own 8th grade class trip) and help the 8th Grade Class of 2017 to have a fun and enriching experience.