Teacher's Name:  Mr. James Werick

Grade/Subject:  Grade 7&8 Social Studies / Religion

Contact:  jwerick@stjohnskenmore.com

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Grade 7 Social Studies: How did the U.S.A. get to be so big?  Do you know what the thirteen stripes on our flag represent?  The 50 stars?  What does that song about "sea to shining sea" have to do with something called Manifest Destiny?  Did you know that North Dakota used to be part of France?  So said the French.  Or that Texas and California once belonged to Mexico?  And if you asked Native Americans about all of this, they'd come up with completely different answers to these questions?  And they'd be right.  With history, it all depends on who you ask and how they look at things.  Think about it.

Grade 8 Social Studies: How did the U.S. become so powerful?  We have the best army, the biggest navy, and the most powerful weapons of war in the world.  If you added together all the money China, Great Britain, France and Russia spend on their armed forces, it wouldn't come close to the amount the U.S. spends.  No wonder we won World War I and World War II.  We even won a conflict called the Cold War without actually going to war with our main enemy.  That's how the U.S. became the guardian of the free world.  And our students can explain all of this.  Impressive!

Grade 7 Religion:  What does it mean to be God's image and likeness?  Does God have a face like ours, or a voice like ours?  What is a conscience made out of?  Can we offend God without realizing it?  Can we do good things for others, and offend God by our reasons for doing so?  The most Godlike thing we can ever do occurs every time someone else offends us.  Do you know what that thing is?  Lent is the season to think of such things.

Grade 8 Religion:  Did we choose our parents?  Did we choose our homes and neighborhoods?  Did we choose our school?  Did we choose any of the nice things we have.  If these are gifts, why do we have them and others do not?  Are we just lucky?  What are we supposed to do with all we've been given?  Does God care?  Lent is the season to think of such things.

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