Eighth Grade Students Share Their Place in America’s History

Eighth grade students held a “pop-up museum” on Aug. 29 and Aug. 30, bringing in artifacts from their homes that represent their or their family’s American story. The project, assigned by 8th Grade American Studies History Teacher Chuck Taft, required students to write one-page summaries of their artifacts, bring the items (or photographs of the items) to school, and present their stories to classmates and invited parents.

“This project is a great way to develop conversation and bring a community of people together,” said Taft. “I thought it was a great way to start off the year and find out a little bit about everybody and their connection to what we’re learning about this year, which is America’s story.” Students were encouraged to practice their active communication skills, including making eye contact and asking questions.

Students brought a wide variety of artifacts and photographs that represented their family histories. Examples include Alec Togliatti ’24, who brought a Civil War-era bayonet and several awards from his triple-great grandfather, who served as General Ulysses S. Grant’s personal blacksmith; and Srikar Mudili ’24, who brought artifacts from when his father was awarded citizenship to the United States.
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