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Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Date your papers! DO NOT WRITE ON THE QUOTE SHEET! CLASS SET!. An Email From A Former Student I Received Yesterday. Ms Barben ,

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Date your papers!

DO NOT WRITE ON THE QUOTE SHEET! CLASS SET!


An Email From A Former Student I Received Yesterday

  • MsBarben,

  • I just started my second week at Temple and just wanted to let you know how ready you got me. The talking to the text you had us do seemed pointless and annoying. Little did I know it is making my freshman English call so much easier. (I’m one of the only ones who knew how to "annotate" on the first day.) I am also now ahead on quite a bit of my work which never used to happen. It is actually quite satisfying knowing I might have a night where I will not be up late doing work. You didn't just prepare us for junior year but for college as well.

  • I hope you have another good year.

  • Thanks,

  • Kevin Lock

  • P.S. If you told me Id be saying this my sophomore year I would have said that’s crazy.


World HistoryNinth Grade

Ms. Barben

[email protected]


Accelerated Level Only Does Pair-Share Quote Activity


Thoughtful Quotes on Importance of History Classes

Why Study History?


Pair-Share Prompt

  • As Ms. Barben presents the five following quotes, you and your partner are to select the quote that you think demonstrates the importance of the study of History and Government.

  • The quotes are also on the class set paper on each desk.

  • Write down on your lined paper your reasons for your choice.

  • Pairs will share at end of prompt time with the class.


  • “Liberty of thought is the life of the soul.” – Voltaire (French philosopher, 1694-1778)


Hugo Grotius

“Liberty is the power we have over ourselves. “

Hugo Grotius (Dutch scholar, 1583-1645)


  • “The most tyrannical governments are those which make crimes of opinions, for everyone has an inalienable right to his thoughts.” –Baruch Spinoza (Dutch philosopher, 1632-1677)


Thomas Paine

  • “He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.”

    Thomas Paine (English-born U.S. political philosopher, 1737-1809)


The “Four Freedoms” Speech – Franklin D. Roosevelt (U.S. president, 1882-1945), Message to Congress, January 6, 1941

  • “In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

    • The first is freedom of speech and expression – everywhere in the world.

    • The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way – everywhere in the world.

    • The third is freedom from want – which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants- everywhere in the world.

    • The fourth is freedom from fear – which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor- anywhere in the world.

    • That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation.”


Accelerated and Academic A Both Do Jigsaw Method Reading Activity


Reasons To Study History and Social Sciences


Why History Matters…

  • "Memory is what makes us who we are.  If we lost all of our memory whenever we fell asleep at night, it would be the same as if we died and a new person woke up in our body the next morning. History is the memory of a nation."

    Thomas Sowell, "The Vision of the Anointed."


Group Tasks:

  • We are going to be working with the photocopied article “Reasons to Study History and Social Sciences.”

  • We are going to use the Jigsaw Method.

  • Your group will be assigned one of the five reasons to read, take notes on the provided oaktag, and present to the class.

  • You need to:

    • explain,

    • provide examples from the reading,

    • and provide personal examples to support your assigned reading.

  • Each group will then present to the class.


Reason One


REASON ONE: To Help Us Develop Judgment in Worldly Affairs by Understanding the Past Behavior of People and Societies

  • Examples from Reading:

  • Examples from Own Experiences


History Give Us Identity

  • Studying history gives people a sense of nationalism

  • It gives groups such as ethnic, organization, even schools a sense of identity

  • It gives family and personal identity as well


History Helps Us Understand People

  • People make up society and it is very hard to test how that kind of group behaves when it is made up of 4 billion people

  • History acts as a “social laboratory”, one of the few way we can help predict the future behavior of such a large group


Reason Two


REASON TWO: To Help Us Understand Change and How the Community, Nation and World We Live in Came to Be

  • Examples from Reading:

  • Examples from Own Experiences


Reason Three


REASON THREE: To Help Us Develop Essential Skills for Good Citizenship andCitizens

  • Examples from Reading:

  • Examples from Own Experiences:


Those That Study and Understand History Become Good Citizens

  • It provides national identity

  • Provides examples of success, morality and of course the examples of the opposite

  • Helps us understand current world affairs and conflicts by understanding the root of the problems

  • Provides support for making decisions and encourages, “responsible public behavior, whether as a national or community leader, an informed voter, a petitioner, or a simple observer. ”


How Does Social Studies Apply Outside the Classroom?

  • It provides knowledge and understanding and the ability to think, adapt and question

  • It educates people for citizenship “in a multicultural, democratic society” (Star Ledger Sept ’08)—E pluribus unum: out of many, one

    “And if we think them (the people) not enlightened enough, the remedy is to inform them by education.”

    ~Thomas Jefferson


Reason Four


REASON FOUR: To Inspire Us

  • Examples from Reading:

  • Examples from Own Experiences:


Reason Five


REASON FIVE: To Help Us Develop Essential Thinking Skills

  • Examples from Reading:

  • Examples from Own Experiences:


It’s Not your Parents’ Social Studies class

  • Schools used to emphasize solely the memorization of facts.

  • Today the emphasis is on skills (concepts, connections and application) because of the concern that students in the U.S. are leaving high school without the necessary skills to function in higher education and the workforce in order to be globally competitive.


What skills will I develop?

Excellent Communication & writing skills

Research skills

How to handle & analyse data

How to construct an argument

How to organise information

Problem-solving

How to select evidence

The ability to question how reliable information is


In Other Words, the skills needed in the 21st Century are:

  • Creativity and innovation

  • Critical thinking and problem solving

  • Communication

  • Collaboration

  • Information literacy

  • Media literacy


21st Century Skills (continued)

  • Information and Communication Technology literacy

  • Flexibility and adaptability

  • Initiative and self-direction

  • Social and cross-cultural skills

  • Productivity and accountability

  • Leadership and responsibility


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