Monday, February 23, 2009

History Day Site Visits

So, this year, 8th grade students had to visit a History Day site related to their History Day topic. Their photo and bibliography annotations were due on Friday. And all I can say is "WOW!" I am so impressed with where they have gone and what they have found. I will post individual write ups and pictures as I get them, but I wanted to share some of their topics and where they prepared to be amazed!

(PS the theme this year is "The Individual in History: Actions and Legacies.")

  • LauraJean's topic is Joseph Smith and she went to the Morman Temple Visitor Center in Kensington, MD. She writes, "My historical sight was the visitor center for Latter Day Saints. This sight is a historical site because this a result of the work of Joseph Smith. This site helped me because it clarified the story of Joseph Smith's life and what he did to make history. It gave me information on the horrible things that happened to him while he was preaching the gospel to others. This site helped me a lot. I also took a picture by the Temple but was not able to enter."
  • Malik H. went to Arlington Cemetery to visit Joe Louis' grave (his topic is Joe Louis).
  • Aaron went to the Women in the Arts to view a self-portrait of Friedah Kahlo who was holding a letter to Leon Trotsky. His topic is Leon Trotsky.
  • Liz met with a professor from George Washington University's American Studies Department to discuss Jim Jones.
  • Katie met with a professor from George Washington University's Political Science Department to discuss Machiavelli.
  • Kelsea went to the Newseum to learn about Nellie Bly, the female investigative reporter of the 1800s. (Nellie Bly is featured in their 4-D movie.)
  • Briana, Johvonna, and Tyquia have an appointment to meet with a curator at the National Air and Space Museum to discuss Dr. Mae Jamison.
  • Eric went to the LBJ Memorial on the GW Parkway to learn about his presidential topic.
  • Shanice and Carleshia visited the FDR Memorial and took a picture with Eleanor Roosevelt, their History Day topic.
  • Jason went to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to visit a site about the Temptations. He writes, "This is helpful because the Temptations performed there and will be performing in June 2009. My friend James and I travelled there one day after school to visit it."
  • James met with a professor from George Washington University's History Department to discuss Napolean.
  • Breana went to George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium where there was a riot when Governor George Wallace came to speak. (Her topic is George Wallace.)
  • Linstrum went to the National Portrait Gallery and found his History Day topic's portrait: Jim Brown.
  • Devin J. went to the National Portait Gallery and found Paul L. Dunbar's portrait.
  • Mikayla went to the National Portrait Gallery and found Juliet Gordon Low's portrait.
  • Rachel went to the Smithsonian American Art Museum to view Andy Warhol's art.
  • Lawrence visited the World War II Memorial to learn more about his topic: Dorie Miller.
  • Sertira, Lynnette and Jereese went to Baltimore to see Edgar Allen Poe's gravesite and his home.
  • Shalynn went to the Blacks and Wax Museum in Baltimore to see her figure, Daisy Bates.
  • Gary and his parents went to Johnstown National Historical Park in Johnstown, PA to learn about the flood and the role Clara Barton played in that tragedy.
There are lots more! But isn't it great to see the kids around town, finding history in their own backyard! Great job guys!

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