Teacher's Name:  Mr. James Werick

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

Contact:  jwerick@stjohnskenmore.com

Happy New Year!!!

Gr.7 Social Studies:  Did you know that America's first constitution was a big failure?  Leaders like George Washington, Ben Franklin, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison decided to get rid of it after only about 10 years.  They wrote an entirely new constitution in 1787, and guess what?  Most Americans hated it.  They cried BIG GOVERNMENT!  BIG BAD GOVERNMENT!!  BIG BAD SCARY GOVERNMENT WILL CRUSH ALL OUR RIGHTS!!!!  In order to convince enough citizens to support the new constitution, the Founding Fathers had to add a Bill of Rights, guaranteeing freedom of speech, religion, assembly and the press, and the right to own guns and the right to a fair trial for anyone accused of a crime.  And you know what happened right after the new constitution was adopted, and the new government started making plans to pay its debt and defend its people?  People started screaming BIG GOVERNMENT!  BIG BAD GOVERNMENT!!  BIG BAD SCARY GOVERNMENT WILL CRUSH ALL OUR RIGHTS!!!!  And the story continues...

Gr.8 Social Studies: Can you imagine life without a Super Bowl?  Or a World Series, NHL Playoffs, or NBA Finals?  Was there ever a time when all of this did not exist?  When did Big Sports become big?  And when did American music start sounding like American music, and not like Irish, German, Polish or Italian music?  Rock n' Roll hasn't been around forever, much less Rap or Reggae.  It's hard to believe, now that popular music around the world sounds so much like American music.  But it's true.  Just like it's true that not long ago, when Mr. Werick's grandmother was an 8th grader, she had never seen a movie, or flown in an airplane, or talked on a telephone.  Even stranger, when she became a young lady, she wasn't allowed to vote, and it was just because she was a lady!  A lot changed in the Roaring Twenties.

Gr. 7&8 Religion:  We're looking forward to Catholic Schools Week and Mass with the Bishop!!

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