Eighth Grade Explores History in Nation's First Capital

The city of Philadelphia became the eighth grade’s classroom on Tuesday, November 13, when the class traveled to the nation’s first capital to experience American history up close.
 
The trip took students all over the city and showcased some of the monumental people and places that were integral to the formation of the United States. They took a fully-guided walking tour of historical sites, stopping at Ben Franklin’s house, Carpenter’s Hall, the First National Bank of the United States, Betsy Ross’ house, the Liberty Bell, George Washington’s presidential residence and more. Students also received a full tour of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were debated and signed.

During a stop at the National Constitution Center, the group saw Freedom Rising, a multimedia theater-in-the-round production that tells the story of the Constitution and its ongoing role in the lives of Americans today. They also visited Signer’s Hall, which features 42 life-size, bronze statues of the Founding Fathers.

The annual trip is an integral part of the eighth grade curriculum on American history, and gives students the opportunity to see and experience the significant historical aspects of the city.
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