Sunday, April 26, 2009

History Day Citywide

Congratulations to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who participated in the Citywide Competition of National History Day at Howard University this past Saturday! The day was long, hot, and chock full of terrific competition!

A shout out to Daley who designed this year’s citywide tshirt! It was the first time that a student was asked to design the tshirt and Daley did an outstanding job!

A very special congratulations to our finishers:

Courtney (7th grade) took third place in the category of Junior Individual Documentary on John Lewis;

Katie (8th grade) took third place in the category of Junior Individual Paper on Niccolo Machiavelli,

Ben (8th grade) took first in the category of Junior Individual Exhibits with his project on Werner von Braun;


Owen (7th grade) took first in the category of Junior Individual Website with his project on Ciscero.

Ben and Owen will be representing Stuart-Hobson at Nationals in June at the University of Maryland!

Way to go everyone!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Passport to History is Assigned

by Devin J.

The Passport to History assignment sounds like it is going to be a lot of fun. I am planning on spending my weekend on going to these historic sites and learning about them. I hope everyone enjoys this trip because you will get a chance to go all around the city to see many things you may have never seen before. I think this assignment will relate to what we have been learning in class a lot. Good Luck to everyone!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Our Trail of Tears Writing

by Eugene

We have been following this dreaded trail for three weeks now. The rough, dry trail feels like sand to our bare feet. We are traveling to an unknown land that the white men call “Oklahoma”. I have lost two relatives to the harsh cold because they only had their summer clothing. It is infuriating to bury my mother and brother’s ashes in this unknown land. Many have wondered why the white men are forcing us from our homes and nearly everyone concludes that it is insatiable greed. Everywhere I go on this wretched trail I hear screams of pain, smell death, and see looks of sadness and fear on the looks of my people’s children. I have yet to rid my mouth of the taste of dust mixed with goat fur. Hopefully the snowstorms will subside soon.

Trail of Tears Assignment

by Micheal

My favorite assignment that I learned about this week was the assignment we just completed. We wrote first person narratives as as if were were actually the people on the Trail of Tears. This was something that changed my who perspective of Andrew Jackson from good to terrible because of the things he did to the Native Americans. President Jackson was unfair and forced the Native Americans to move west to Oklahoma, or what was also known as the wasteland to many people. During their journey they suffered many deaths, and harsh conditions, while at the same time losing their dignity. I really enjoyed this classwork because it allowed me to really get a feel for what their life and journey may have been like. This assignment was educational but superbly fun to do at the same time. I really enjoyed it.

by Luke

In class we wrote about the Trail of Tears. It was interesting because it was kind of like we were in the walk. I'm glad that I wasn't but I could feel them. The Trail of Tears is a time in American History when the Americans kicked all the Indians out of their homes and into Indian Territory. They were moved into what is now Oklahoma. I understand what they had to go through after writing this essay. Learning more and more makes me sadder and sadder.

by Travaughn

In our class we learned about the Trail of Tears. The Trail of Tears was a time when a lot of tribes were put out of their homelands. The Trail was a long, harsh journey that many people died on. I also think that President Andrew Jackson was wrong for putting them out of their homes. The Trail of Tears was a great tragedy that Andrew Jackson and the Supreme Court were responsible for. All in all I think that this was the best story we have ever read.

by Cavon

My opinion on the Trail of Tears was that it was very interesting because I learned about how Andrew Jackson really was. I thought that was very wrong because the Indians were on the land first and they were wrongly removed. This was also sad because there was a lot of women and children and Andrew Jackson didn't even consider that. The Trial of Tears was named correctly because there were a lot of tears shed from the Indians. I truly used to think that the Native Americans got too much but now I know they deserve their land and every dime they get.

by Tyrome

While we discussed the Trail of Tears we were given a worksheet. We had two days to finish the worksheet and write about it. We had to write a paragraph.

by Andre

To me the Trail of Tears assignment was okay but I did enjoy doing the worksheet that we did at the end using the words to summerize what we learned. I thought that it was not right for soldiers to take people from their homes with nothing on their back and it was 16,000 them. From this assignment I learned that John Ross' wife (John Ross was the leader of the Cherokees) died but overall one fourth died. What could have made this better is if Georgia and President Jackson would not have ignored the Supreme Court which made John Marshall make his decision.

by Eric

In our class we wrote about the Trail of Tears on a worksheet that Ms. Trenkle had given us. There were eleven questions where we had to list adjectives for different natural senses. At the very end of the paper, we had to write a paragraph about all fo the even adjectives in a "first-person's" view. In our "first-person" paragraph, afterwards we also had to underline all of the adjectives. Some of the categories we wrote about were smell, hear, feel, or even thing for example. The Trail of Tears writing was a very fun assignment.

Historical Fiction Playlists

by Kevin

On the iTunes sheet we were given we had a week do it. I wanted to do it but my group didn't do anything. The first thing we did was answer the questions that were attached. And after we created a music playlist, then we named it and we put a design on our album, and finally created a cover for it. All of our songs had to deal with the book we read first. And we had to turn it in on Tuesday for a grade.

by Kephren

In history class , a week before the iTunes assignment we were
given books to read and the books were all excellent but my
choice was the Slave Dancer. Then a week after we were were
given the iTubes assignment. This was a fun assignment for me
and my group mostly because it involved music and designing
which was my favorite part. The objective was to create a
playlist for the book we read. Our playlist consisted of modern
and old songs. I was in charge of design and assembling the CD
case and it turned out really nice. My opinion of this
assignment is that " it was awesome."

Living Undercover Remix
by Ben, Trevor, Luke and Malik R.
(for Behind Rebel Lines)

1. Pink Panther Theme Song--Henry Mancini
The significance of the Pink Panther Theme Song is that it represents Emma Edmonds being a spy and having to be sneaky.

2. Through the Fire--Larry Greene
The significance of Through the Fire is that it represents all the obstacles Emma Edmonds had to face and overcome.

3. Boulevard of Broken Dreams--Green Day
The significance of Boulevard of Broken Dreams is that it represents how Emma Edmonds doesn't know where this journey is going to take her.

4. When Johnny Comes Marching Home--Patriotic Songs
The significance of When Johnny Comes Marching Home is that it represents the soldiers int eh book and the marching that they did.

5. We Are the Champions--Queen
The significance of We Are the Champions is that it represents how the Union finally beat the Confederates in the War.

6. Aint' No Mountain High Enough--Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
The significance of Ain't No Mountain High Enough is that it represents how nothing was going to stop Emma Edmonds from completing a task or spy mission.

7. Live Your Life--T.I. (feat. Rihanna)
The significance of Live Your Life is that it represents how Emma Edmonds wanted to live her life as a Union soldier even thought she was a woman.

8. Lucky--Britney Spears
The significance of Lucky is that it represents how Emma Edmonds had a couple of close calls where she was shot but was able to survive.

9. The New Girl in Town--Brittany Snow
The significance of The New Girl in Town is that it represents how Emma Edmonds was the new girls on the battlefield even though she was in disguise as a man.

10. Over My Head--The Fray
The significance of Over My Head is that it represents how Emma Edmonds didn't know what she was getting herself into by enrolling in the army as a woman.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Election of 1824 Campaign Posters

by Antoin

While discussing about the Election of 1824 we voted on who we wanted to win--Andrew Jackson or John Quincy Adams. John Quincy Adams won the election in 1824, but Andrew Jackson in 1828. After we did the campaign poster we read about Andrew Jackson and how he was moved the Native Americans when he first discovered gold in the U.S. where the Native Americans were living. He had to kick the Indians off of their land. I thought the reading was very interesting and showed me who Andrew Jackson really was.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Headed to Citywide!

Congratulations to this year’s grade school fair winners!

A special shout out to Ms. Warrick, Ms. McKinnon, Ms. Pearson, and Ms. Brown, as well as the student team of Terrisha, Carlye, Janay, Paris and Ben.

The winners of today’s contest will be advancing to City Wide contest at Howard University on April 25, 2009! The winners are not in any particular order!

Congratulations to ALL students whose work was represented in the fair today!
(Below are the 8th grade winners only.)

Individual Exhibits
Ben “Werner Von Braun”

Group Exhibits
Paris, Janay, Markell “Ernie Davis”
Tyquia, Johvonna and Briana “Dr. Mae Jamison”

Individual Documentaries
Kelsea “Nellie Bly”
Liz “Jim Jones”

Individual Paper
Katie “Machiavelli”

Individual Performance
Maddie “Taps”
Daley “John Muir”

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

More With Our Historical Fiction Novels

by Sertira

Today we discussed the historical fiction book we chose (mine is about the Civil War). Our assignment was to create a playlist for the books that we read. The playlist has to have at least ten songs with the artist's name, the title of the song, and how it relates to the book. We had fun searching for songs that relate to the theme, conflicts, and mood of our book!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Historical Fiction Reading

by Niiya

In history class, Ms. Trenkle gave us a really creative assignment. She let us choose from five historical fiction books. We are to read the books and do a different version of a book report.

After we finish the books, we have to go online to Teacherweb and select the title of our chosen book and answer three response questions.

The book that I chose is written by Scott O'Dell and is titled "Sing Down the Moon." The book is about the Navajos and how they were forced to migrate from their original homeland in Arizona to New Mexico. This book received the Newberry Honor Award and got several good feedbacks from the Booklist, Book World and the Bulletin of the Center for children's Books and has the stamp from the New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year. I am enjoying the book so far and I can't wait to finish.

by Dominick

My book is Addie Across the Prairie. It is a wonderful book. I say that because it is a very good story of a girl named Addie and the Mills family. They started out living in Sabula, Iowa on someone else's farm. The the Mills moved to Dakota on their own farm. Most of the family was upset because they were leaving behind family and friends. I also read that Addie is jealous of her brother George when he gets attention from their father. That is how far I have gotten so far.

This photo is a Ms. Trenkle fave! I came up from our CLS teacher meeting on Thursday a.m. and found Jophnee, Gary and Malik H. camped out in separate nooks in the hallways, reading their historical fiction books. What a great way for a teacher to start her day!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Who REALLY Invented the Cotton Gin?

by Linstrum

It was the slaves! That's what some of my fellow classmates said. We were talking about who should get the most credit for the making of the cotton gin (the invention used to remove cotton seeds from cotton). The man who was given the most credit (in history books anyway) is Eli Whitney. Some say that people before him made a cotton gin, but there was something called a roller gin. Also, some say Eli got credit because the salves were considered things (not people) and women didn' thave rights, and white men could do what they wanted. He got it patented under his name and that's why he got credit. At the end of the debate, our class came to the conclusion that everybody should get credit because they all contributed to it.

by Daquan

In class one day we talked about the cotton gin. the person who made the cotton gin was Eli Whitney. The cotton gin is a machine that would take cotton in one side, remove the seeds with its “teeth” and make fluffy cotton.

We were each assigned a person to learn about and then we had to debate that that person should receive the credit and use our evidence and persuasion to debate with.

I read about a lady named Catherine Green. She helped Eli Whitney fix his machine that was almost done but not working.

The next day we had a debate on it.

by Nikko

The cotton gin debate was mostly on who deserved the credit for the work that they did. I think the African slaves deserve the credit because without them the cotton would have never gotten picked in the first place. I don’t think Eli Whitney deserves anything because all he did was steal the idea of the cotton gin. Eli Whitney took credit from the southern planters.

by Liz

The day before the debate, our class split into four groups. We were given a person who we had to think invented the cotton gin. Our options were Eli Whitney (the man with the patent), Catherine Greene (who refined the machine by sticking a branch in it), the slaves (whose inventions were often miscredited to their masters) and the southern planters (who had had an invention like this for many years before Whitney). My group was for Eli Whitney, so I had to defend him in the debate, even though I didn't think it was really him. My table's debate ended in us thinking that the slaves and southern planters came together and made them. Both of them would benefit from the invention AND Ms. Trenkle said our class had the most civiled debates! :)

Liz is an 8th grader who has made her high school decision: WALLS!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Geography Bee--Citywide!

by Brittany

Being in the city-wide Geography Bee was harder than I thought. There is no just have to think hard about the question and try to answer it to the best of your ability. That's what I had to do on April 3, 2009. I won the school-wide Geography Bee, took the test and moved to the next level. I had to go to the Charles Sumner School along with other students from DC schools (public, charter and private). Some questions that you didn't know you could you could either pass or guess. No matter how many questions you answered wrong you were still given the opportunity to answer more. This was a good experience to me because I got to represent my school and do my best to answer the given questions.