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What have you learned this year in eighth-grade history?

Throughout eighth grade we’ve had different classes. When you ask about all the things you’ve learned in history, there’s a lot!
This year in history we learned how the Constitution is the set of rules and laws for our country. The Bill of Rights is the first 10 amendments of the Constitution, including the freedom of speech, religion, press, petition and assembly, the right to bear arms and rights for people and states. Also, we just learned about slavery and how harsh white southerners were to blacks and how we fought each other for their rights. That’s what I’ve learned in eighth-grade history.
— Katelynn Carter

What I have learned in eighth-grade was significant. In history we started learning about the numerous explorers who dared to venture around the globe. From there we went into the establishment of colonies from those explorers and the North and the South. There was then the search for land and “manifest destiny” became widely spread to Americans. Finally, we learned about the slavery and how it started the dreaded Civil War. We are currently finishing up the session with the growth and development of the new age. I have learned so much this year and have had a lot of fun.
— Grant Pierson

This year in history I learned about the Bill of Rights, Indian groups that lived/live in the USA, the fight for women’s rights, about the War of 1812 and many other topics. One that stood out to me is the fight for women’s rights and the Seneca Falls Convention. Women fought and gathered in secret to try to help this cause they cared deeply about. This year I learned a lot more about this than I already knew.
— Colleen Carpenter

What I’ve learned in eighth-grade history is how important knowledge is, but whenever someone says, “Knowledge is power,” I get confused on what knowledge they’re referring to. To me personally, I don’t see the point in learning pointless stuff when all I’ve learned was how we kill each other over pointless stuff. And while people spend day and night eating and breathing in the wrong knowledge, other people are starving and dying. Knowledge is power and in my mind knowledge comes in different forms, like books, or nature. I’ve learned more about the African slaves and I was miserable the whole time because I was just sitting there learning about them when slavery is still around in different places.
— Stephanie Baskett

In eighth-grade history I have learned a lot of things about the people in the past, such as how there were Indians who lived in different regions, how they adapted to their surroundings. Also a lot about slavery, how slaves were treated, how they worked all day and then found out one of their family members had been sold.
There is one thing that I learned in history that I know I will use in life and that is the Bill of Rights. If a cop asks to search me, I would say, “That’s violating the Fourth Amendment because you don’t have a search warrant.” I really liked this year of history because it was interesting, not just the history lessons we learned but how I was taught by Mr. Boots. He makes everyone laugh and makes learning really fun.
— Kassie Stoddard

Through the school year I have learned so much, so much I can’t even count. I think my favorite topic to learn about in history is slavery. I don’t know why, it just is. Learning about how hard it was to be a colored person, sitting there thinking about all the different ways you could have helped them. If I was living back then, I would have given all I had to help just one person and I would feel so proud of myself.
That is why slavery was my favorite topic to learn. I know now that because I couldn’t make a difference with slavery I can make a difference in the world today and I WILL make a DIFFERENCE.
— Dakota Henderson
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