Dear families,

The Wagner Social Studies department hopes that you and your loved ones are well! Below are the upcoming week’s History @ Home opportunities for middle school students from the New-York Historical Society.



Reading into History @ Home:  Last of the Name
Sunday, May 17 | 2-3 PM EST
Free; ages 9-12

One of this year’s finalists for the annual  Children’s History Book PrizeLast of the Name follows 12-year-old Danny O’Carolan and his sister, Kathleen, who move to New York City from Ireland in 1863--the height of the Civil War. Join us on Zoom and chat with author Rosanne Parry and discover primary sources from New-York Historical’s collection that bring the story to life.




6th Grade - Lesson 9: Academy for American Democracy,
American Activism
Tuesday, May 19, 2-3 PM EST
Students will explore how disenfranchised groups have made change throughout U.S. history through activism.
Vocabulary: disenfranchised, activism, civil disobedience, petition



7th Grade - Lesson 9: Underground Railroad
Wednesday, May 20, 2-3 PM EST

Students will use primary sources to learn about the history of the Underground Railroad and examine the case of William Dixon, a black man in New York arrested on suspicion of being a runaway slave.
Vocabulary: Underground Railroad, self-emancipation, fugitive, memoir, slave-catcher



8th Grade - Lesson 9: World War II
Thursday, May 21, 2-3 PM EST
Students will analyze objects and images to learn about how the city and people of New York were affected by the events of WWII.
Vocabulary: axis, allies, fascism, atomic, Holocaust, home front, mobilization


When registering, you will receive a link to join. Each grade's Student Sessions meet at the same time and day every week, and you may join at any point during the lesson series.

All classes align with the New York State K-12 Social Studies Framework. 

-The Social Studies Department
 Wagner Middle School

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