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Eighth Graders Explore Boston's History & Culture
Posted 05/11/2018 08:00AM


Masters' eighth graders explored key historic sites during a wide-ranging trip to Boston from May 3 to May 4.

The eighth grade class has been studying various aspects of American identity this year, and the Boston trip continued that exploration, according to humanities teacher Stephen Hildreth. During the trip, the students and their chaperones visited the JFK Library and Museum and walked along the Freedom Trail, stopping at Faneuil Hall, the Massachusetts State House and other sites.

The two-day itinerary included a 90-minute ride on the Boston Duck (a "World War II-style amphibious landing vehicle") and a tour of Fenway Park, one of the oldest baseball stadiums in the United States. The group also saw Shear Madness, a murder-mystery comedy that requires audience participation.

When the students were in Boston, they looked at the city and its inhabitants with an analytical eye, seeking concrete evidence of a specific American identity of their choosing, Mr. Hildreth says. "That identity may be an abstract idea, but it is represented concretely by the city of Boston," he adds. "The students will write an essay based on their experience and use photos they took to support their ideas and analysis."

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