SAAS Freshmen Visit State Capitol

SAAS Freshmen Visit State Capitol

Seattle Academy 9th graders recently finished a unit on civics that centered on the essential question: “How does change happen in a democracy?”

Students answered this question over four weeks in a humanities unit that merged English and History classes, so the students had civics every day for a double block over the month long unit. Civics began by looking at the history behind federal politics, followed by a week of analyzing national politics today. Students learned about the constitution, Bill of Rights, branches of government, as well as how these manifest themselves today.

The second half of the unit was dedicated to local politics, where students studied the history behind Washington State politics beginning in the progressive era, which gave western states initiatives, referendums and recalls. Students wrote their own mock initiatives as well as speeches to promote them. The requirement for their initiative was to create a positive outcome in their local community. The entire 9th grade class also took a culminating field trip where they experienced local politics at its source–Olympia. In Olympia students toured the campus, including a private tour of the judicial building, and heard from a state Senator, a Governor’s aid, and the Department of Interior chair.

Hats off to the entire 9th grade class on a successful unit completion!