I am always intrigued as to what my students say in their writings. Some times, it is exactly what I would expect from hormonal pre-teens. Sometimes, it is such a revelation, I believe I am in the midst of wonder. Sometimes, I raise my eyebrow thinking, “and this student is in middle school?“
For about a month now, my 7th grade Utah Studies and 8th grade U.S. History students have been learning just about the same thing. At the beginning of the semester, new students filled my classroom for their first semester of Utah Studies. We begin by learning Utah’s Geography as well as what it means to be a citizen in Utah. My 8th graders finished the Revolution right after Christmas break ended, so they have been learning about the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution.
Well, my 7th graders had an essay on their test (I know, I’m a terrible middle school teacher…a history essay? Yuck.) Their prompt was :What are some rights and responsibilities we have a citizens of Utah? What does that mean to you?
- I wouldn’t say I “won’t” pay taxes but I sure don’t like
- In Utah it is a responsibility to pay our taxes. We have to
with everything we buy. And if we buy something without taxes it is called the
black market. And we dont do that.
- Also if you don’t pay your taxes you are done for.
- Live peaceably is a very important right because I don’t
want some guy to throw grenades at my house.
- Our rights are what protect us from the governments full
control over the US. For one example,
Uncle Sam cant just raid your house.
They have to get a search warrant or else they could get in trouble for
unreasonable search & seizure.
- Another [responsibility] is to be responsible.