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May 9, 2017


Weekly Learning: Highlighting 8th Grade Social Studies

Historians in Mrs. Hoffman’s class have been learning about reform movements that originated in the 1800s, and exploring the impact that these movements had on society.  During the 1820s and 1830s, women, African Americans, and Native Americans remained excluded from the political process and were often neglected by politicians.  In protest, these groups, and their sympathizers, organized reform movements to heighten public awareness and to influence social and political policy.  These reform movements, including prison reform, education reform, women’s suffrage, abolitionism, and temperance (advocating abstinence from alcohol) were heavily influenced by the Second Great Awakening, a religious revival movement that advocated for the return to a more moral and civilized society.  Students analyzed multiple primary and secondary documents during their investigation, and created non-linguistic representations of each movement in order to demonstrate their understanding.

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