Celebrating Black History


Proud to be one of the most diverse and inclusive school communities in Chicago, we celebrated Black history and culture in February with a month of lessons and activities “Black history is American history,” Head of School Mercedes Z. Sheppard said. “We are in the fabric and backbone of every aspect of American culture. Our struggles and triumphs have influenced every area of American history, from music and literature to education and politics. “One of my favorite poets, Maya Angelou, said it best: ‘Won’t it be wonderful when Black history and Native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. [...]

Celebrating Black History2021-03-04T11:19:41-06:00

How Does a Zombie Virus Attack the Brain?


Faced with scattered reports of a zombie apocalypse, Upper School students in psychology class gathered and presented research on the effects the mysterious infection has on the human nervous system, the endocrine system, and the brain. Students sought to answer: - What areas of the body (nervous, endocrine, and brain) does the zombie virus affect? - How do the diseased areas of the brain influence the behavior of infected individuals? - What instruments would you use to diagnose the infected areas of the brain? - How can we treat the zombies? Psychology is an Upper School elective course that introduces students [...]

How Does a Zombie Virus Attack the Brain?2021-02-25T14:47:19-06:00

Designing Your Own Historic Basilica


Seventh-graders designed their own basilicas in history class, planning, drawing, and labeling both an architectural plan and an artistic drawing of the outside of their creation. Throughout the early Christian world, these large churches were created to bring together communities after Christianity was legalized. They allowed people to have a place of worship and, for some, a place to dedicate their lives to Christ. These basilicas would become the centers of Christianity, power, and law for early Medieval Europe and beyond. Students chose from eight historic cities in locating their basilicas: Alexandria, Egypt; Aleppo, Syria; Rome, Italy; Antioch (Antakya) Turkey; Constantinople [...]

Designing Your Own Historic Basilica2021-02-25T12:25:12-06:00

Fifth Grade Explores Native American History & Culture


Fifth-grade study of the history and culture of Native American tribes culminated with a research project analyzing the impact that the local environment had on various tribes living all over North America. After learning about the continent's diverse terrain, fifth-graders used models of clay and other materials to form their understanding of the geography of their assigned region. Working in teams, students chose a tribe to research — such as Blackfoot, Aztec, Apache, Seminole, and Crow — examining how they adapted to and modified elements in their unique environment and climate. Each team presented their findings to and took questions from [...]

Fifth Grade Explores Native American History & Culture2021-02-25T12:26:07-06:00

Snapshot: Ancient Roman Paper Dolls


Seventh-grade study of world history included creating and presenting life-size paper dolls of people of various roles in Ancient Roman society.   View this post on Instagram   Seventh-grade study of world history included creating and presenting life-size paper dolls of people of various roles in Ancient Roman society. #discoverMPA via @sburgessmpa A post shared by Morgan Park Academy (@morganparkacademy) on Nov 12, 2020 at 11:00am PST

Snapshot: Ancient Roman Paper Dolls2021-02-25T12:03:56-06:00

Texting with the Founding Fathers


“LMAO,” John Adams replied. “You are too much. You saucy. But no.” Morgan Park Academy students in AP U.S. History class reimagined 18th-century letters between our second president and his wife, Abigail, as modern-day text messages, showing the timelessness of the ideas, sentiments, and debates in the 250-year-old exchanges. Abigail Adams was the American Revolution's most articulate and influential woman, even at a time when educational opportunities for women were limited, and was a crucial intellectual partner in our nation's first power couple. She began one exchange in spring 1776 with a letter urging him and the other members of the [...]

Texting with the Founding Fathers2021-02-25T12:26:58-06:00

Freshmen Dig Into Ancient Civilizations


MPA freshmen have been busy in world history class this semester, working on campus and remotely on individual and group projects to dig into the rulers and civilizations of the ancient world. King of Kings In one project, students worked in teams to research, write, and argue the cases for Xerxes, Darius, and Cyrus, variously, as the greatest king of kings from Ancient Persia, the world's first empire. They researched the time period, accomplishments, ideologies, ruling style, and mistakes of their assigned king, using factual evidence, visuals, and persuasive argument to present the case for him and against the other two [...]

Freshmen Dig Into Ancient Civilizations2021-02-25T12:27:10-06:00

Civil Rights Tour Featured in New Documentary


Five months after they visited the American South on a life-changing tour through civil rights history, Morgan Park Academy students are set to be featured in a documentary film about the experience produced by The Nation magazine. MPA seventh- and eighth-grade students and teachers toured from Jackson, Mississippi, to Atlanta, Georgia, last February under the guidance of André Robert Lee, a teacher, producer, and acclaimed documentary filmmaker with years of experience leading civil rights tours in the South. With global studies at the core of its curriculum, MPA partnered with The Nation because of their expertise in presenting this emotionally complex [...]

Civil Rights Tour Featured in New Documentary2021-02-05T17:22:43-06:00

Snapshot: Fourth Grade Wax Museum


Fourth-graders recorded their "wax museum" projects from home this spring, performing presentations as historical figures who come to life at the press of a button. Let them introduce you to Simone Biles, Neil Armstrong, Frederick Douglass, Dr. Laurie Marker, Babe Ruth, Bill Gates, Madam C.J. Walker, and many more! WATCH VIDEOS

Snapshot: Fourth Grade Wax Museum2020-05-26T17:29:50-05:00
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