Hello all, and welcome back!

We had a great first semester and I am looking forward to the next!

We have come back from Christmas break and are in the full swing of things. This will give you a look into what you can expect to see for the month of January.

First thing we have done since we have come back from break was participate in the preliminary competition for the up-coming Geography Bee, this took place 4th-8th grade. The final competition will be held Friday, January 11 following the 8 a.m. Mass.

6th Grade: We will start to look at the Ancient Greek Civilization beginning with the early Greeks. We will then have a research opportunity to look into the daily life of the Greeks. Following that, we will focus on the Spartans and Athenians. We will be working our way up the Olympic games! Greece is a very fun unit to learn about, and I hope I spread my enthusiasm.

7th Grade: For seventh grade, before Christmas Around the World, we left off with the homestead act and settlement of Kansas. We are picking up right were we left off and will be looking at specific people that moved to Kansas. This will also include the Rail Roads and Cowboys and their relation to the settlement of the west.


8th Grade: Prior to Christmas Around the World we were looking at a "New Nation" this leads us into the month of January. We will have covered the War of 1812, Manifest Destiny, Industrial Revolution, Indian Removal, all with the prospect of leading up to the Civil War. It is a very fun start to the year and I look forward to it!

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to ask!

Thanks,

 

William Durant, SS Teacher

 

 

Welcome! Here is a look into the month of December of what your student will be doing!

6th Grade:

In sixth grade thus far, we have looked into the very earliest of civilizations. Starting with Mesopotamia, we have explored why people live where they live. From Mesopotamia we traveled into Egypt and explored their major accomplishments. Our third unit that we had in the month of November was a quick study of India. This took us right up to Thanksgiving Break. For the rest of December, we will be studying ancient China. We will look at the early dynasties and the culture of the people there. This will lead us right up to the end of our semester and Christmas Break.

 

7th Grade:

In Seventh grade we focus on Kansas history. Throughout the month of November, we looked at the very early settlement of the Kansas territory and the process of Kansas becoming a state. We ended our unit right before Thanksgiving Break with the involvement in the Civil War and main Forts in Kansas. For the month of December, our unit is titled “Welcome to Kansas.” Our main focus for this unit is to look at major advancements after the civil war. The very first thing we look at is the Homestead Act. This is the idea of trying to attract people to live in Kansas. Next week we will also be starting Christmas Around the World. This a big event that will end our semester right before Christmas Break. Both the 7th and 8th grades participate in creating a series of presentations, activities, and ways of exploring different cultures and how they celebrate Christmas. This will take up a large amount of our December calendar.

 

8th Grade:

Right before Thanksgiving Break, the eighth grades finished up researching Lewis and Clark and the details of their exploration of the Louisiana Territory. For the month of December, we are looking at a period of enlightenment. This will include a series of reforms and new ideas here in America with the idea of Manifest Destiny. This starts with War of 1812 and will lead is into the Industrial Revolution. At the same time, the 8th graders will be taking part in Christmas Around the World. This will make us look at how other culture celebrate Christmas giving us a focus of what Christmas is all about.

 

If you ever have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to ask!

 

Thanks,

 

William Durant

 

 

Its Crazy how time flies!!!!

Below is what you can expect to see for the month of November: 

 

6th grade

Up to this point we have looked at early civilizations. During the month of October, we looked at the Egyptians and the origin of the people around the Nile river. We will continue with this concept of ancient civilizations and look at the Ancient people in India. This will take us up to Thanksgiving Break.

 

7th Grade

From the middle of October, we have studied the idea of “Bleeding Kansas.” This looks at the territory of Kansas and leads us into our next unit over the Civil War. For this month we will focus on the effects of the Civil war and discuss how Kansas was involved. This will lead us right up the Thanksgiving Break.

 

8th Grade

For this month we have already started to look at the formation of a “New Nation” post-revolutionary war. Starting with Washington, we have discussed important aspects to the creation of the constitution. We are currently looking at Adams and Jefferson, and the impacts that they have had on the development of the Nation. For the remainder of the month we will focus on movements that evolve out of this New Nation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to ask!

 

-William Durant, SS Teacher

 

 

October:

To all Parents and Students,

It has been a fast and furious start to our year! We have jumped right into the past looking at many different groups of people, here is what you can expect to see this month at home: 

 

6th Grade:

We wrapped up Mesopotamia at the end of September and jumped right into Egypt. We started our second Unit off with mummifying apples. Trying to incorporate science, we created a whole science write up over our process of mummification. Over the course of this month we will look at Egyptian culture, religion, class system, and advancements in technology. As we finish up with Egypt we will look into the Israelite people and the Jewish way of life. 

 

7th Grade:

Our first unit we looked at the early people in American along with early exploration. We got to see significant figures in Kansas along with Native Americans. We discussed the  importance of the buffalo in the everyday life. We stared our second unit on the near extinction of the buffalo. We looked at the Indian Removal Act and this idea of Americanizing the Indians. For this month we will finish up with Indian Removal and westward expansion and move onto "Bleeding Kansas" and the role Kansas had in the Civil War.

 

8th Grade:

Just recently we finished looking at colonial America and the creating of the constitution. This has lead us into our unit over the constitution and the division of powers. We have looked at the different branches and the purpose of each. We will look at the Bill of Rights and individual freedoms in the first part of the month.

 

-Mr. Durant, Social Studies Teacher

 

September:
To all Parents and Students:
We have started off to a great start! I really enjoyed meeting parents and getting to know the students these first couple of weeks.
In my last issue I discussed what the students would be doing as historians. We have started to put our new tools of "Sourcing information, Corroborating, Contextualizing, and Close Reading" to use. I am going to break down what this month will look like in each grade, that away you have a good of idea of what to expect from your child!
6th Grade:
We have started off looking at the Paleolithic and Neolithic time period leading us into our first unit over Ancient Mesopotamia. Students have began the process of creating a postcard that we will do for each civilization. These postcards depict the time period and then gives basic detail about the time.
7th Grade:
The 7th grade classes will study Kansas history, this begins  with early civilizations which leads us into Native Americans lives. We have already looked at early time periods and have studied the change in technology. The students have created bison hide paintings and we have compared this to how we depict our own faith. This next week we will begin to look at early exploration and settlement in Kansas.
8th Grade:
To start our first unit off, we have covered the Articles of Confederation and why there is a need for a new Constitution. This comes form the result of Daniel Shays' Rebellion which drives a need for the Constitution Convention. This brings us up to date with the "Compromises of the Convention" and leads us into the Federalists papers. Later this month we will start to look at how our government is built in result of the Convention.
This is the basic break down of each grade for what we have done so far and what we will cover in the next month. I really look forward jumping into the content and hope the students feel the same way. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
 
-Mr. William Durant, Social Studies

Hello,
I want to formally introduce myself. My name is William Durant, I am the Social Studies teacher for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. I am super excited to start the new school year off. I have expectations this year and wanted to share with you what all the students will be doing.
First off, there is no textbook to lug around or bring home. We will use one periodically but they will stay in the class. Secondly, there will be a lot more writing rather than multiple choice. A lot of the time this will come from collaboration with peers and in class activities. Starting our first week, students will be learning everyday vocabulary such as; Primary Sources, Contextualize, Corroborate, Bias, Artifacts, and Inference. All of these words are what will make your student “Think like a Historian,” which is my greatest expectation of all. Attached to this page, you can find my office hours and our classroom syllabus to start the year off.
I look forward to communicating and working with you throughout the school year.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask. You can reach me at my school email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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William Durant

MS Social Studies
wdurant@
magdalenwichita.com

Mon-Fri 7:15am-3:45pm

 

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