Seventh Grade Visits Local Museums

Seventh Grade Visits Local Museums

As part of their learning about historical events and how they shape the world today, 7th grade students at University School of Milwaukee visited the Jewish Museum Milwaukee and America’s Black Holocaust Museum on Thursday, May 9. Follow-up lessons provided by both museums will be conducted in 7th grade advisory groups.

The visits directly correlate with the Middle School curriculum in English and history classes. In 7th grade English, students read “Chains” by Laurie Halse Anderson, which focuses on an enslaved child during the Revolutionary War. They also studied the inception and horrors of slavery during this English unit. The field trip further illustrated the history of slavery, and also provided a cross-divisional aspect with 7th grade World History as well.

In 8th grade, English students learn about the atrocities of the Holocaust, and also read corresponding literature. Seeing and hearing about the persecution of Jewish people prior to and during World War II prepares 7th grade students for the curriculum they will experience in 8th grade, which includes their trip to the National Holocaust Museum as part of the Washington, D.C. annual retreat.

Exposing students to diverse experiences and narratives support USM’s guiding principle of inclusion, where a recognition of and respect for diverse backgrounds help students learn to think broadly, critically, and independently.

  • Diversity and Inclusion
Students look at a museum exhibit
Students listen to a museum docent
Students look at a museum exhibit
Students look at a museum exhibit
Students look at a museum exhibit
Students look at a museum exhibit
Students look at a museum exhibit
Students look at a museum exhibit
Students look at a museum exhibit