8th Grade Social Studies Fair
Theme: Issues affecting our community
- As the oldest students in our school, and exemplary scholars, the 8th graders were given the freedom to choose what topics affected their community the most. All of them chose to focus on their academic community!
- They had to research their topics, and find evidence to support their claims.
- Following their research, the students wrote an outline for a persuasive speech, and then drafted a compelling speech.
- Students then created a visual aid in the form of a google slide show that would best illustrate their speeches. They practiced, and gave wonderful speeches!
First Place: Eliyahu Tisona!
Topic: No Homework!
Teacher’s note: Eli’s dedication does not cease to impress me. He completed both the research and the writing portion of our fair project early. However, he did not simply rest on his laurels – he practiced his speech frequently, and adjusted his visual aid as needed to reflect his growing comfort in front of an audience.
The result speaks for itself! Great job, Eli! I think you almost have me convinced!
Second Place: Romia Sayag!
Topic: Should Students be allowed to use cellphones in the classroom?
Teacher’s note: Romia did a wonderful job putting her thoughts to paper. Her speech was quite convincing, and well delivered. It showed that she practiced frequently! Additionally, her visual aid was very well put together.
Impressive job, Romia!
Topic: Schools should have shorter days.
Teacher’s note: Jessely’s topic came to her instantly. She made a very passionate argument for shorter school days, and found great research to support her claims. Wonderfully done!
I quite enjoyed the giant clock.
Topic: Should students choose their own classes?
Teacher’s note: Emily presented her speech very eloquently! She made some excellent points about why choice for students increases their engagement in classes, and in school. Well done, Emily!
Topic: Cellphones in the classroom
Teacher’s note: Jacob presented a very well researched speech about how cellphones can be used positively in the classroom. His argument that students can and should learn to responsibly use cell phones was very well delivered!
Topic: Competition is good for students!
Teacher’s note: Maria’s research was impeccable! She found a lot of facts to support her view that competition is not just good, but preferable and necessary. Her vocal delivery was eloquent, and I am very proud of her for all of her hard work!
Topic: Why you should sign your kids up for sports!
Teacher’s note: Bianca’s passion for her topic was evident from the first day. She put together a very competent speech, and delivered it excellently. I personally liked the point she made about establishing healthy habits! Well done, Bianca!
Topic: No School Uniforms!
Teacher’s note: As the resident thespian, Pazi’s speaking skills were never in doubt! He picked a topic he clearly feels strongly about. I enjoyed the connection he made between self-expression and uniforms. Well done!