Summer SAVY 2018: Session 3, Day 1 – The Makings of America (Rising 3rd/4th)
Dear SAVY Parents,
What a great start to our week! The student’s jumped right in with the existing knowledge they had of some unrelated people, places, dates, and events, but they showed their readiness for new knowledge and deeper understandings of the events leading up to the American Revolution. Our essential question that we continue to unpack is a big one: Are the sacrifices of individuals in war worth the gains to cultures and societies? Using multiple texts and some primary source documents including the British Parliament’s Stamp Act of 1765 and the colonies’s responsive Stamp Act Resolutions, we began to discuss and understand the context of some of the issues at hand that caused such strife between the “motherland” across the pond and the young nation she had birthed. There will certainly be more growing pains ahead!
What types of sacrifices exactly did the colonists endure? Who are the stakeholders in the laws, and what are each of their points of view? What are the implications of the points of view and could these conflicting ideals have been resolved without bloodshed?
We will continue to examine historical records, as well as modern ideas about these old documents. We will work to understand the implications of nation building for purposes of understanding our modern world and the strife we observe in it. This is not easy, but it is the habit of a scholar to persevere when the content gets challenging! Oh, and sometimes it will be fun and games, at least the type of games a child in the 1700’s would experience. Anyone for a game of Nine Men’s Morris?
Some Highlights from Our Day