Linden Middle School Students Study Westward Expansion

LINDEN – Eighth grade students at McManus Middle School in Linden are working with language arts teacher Jane Kologi to research America’s westward expansion and write about the subject.

Following the Literacy is Essential for Adolescent Development and Success (L.E.A.D.S.) model, students read thematic based novels, anthology selections, and informational texts to gather information about the westward expansion.  The students wrote speculative and persuasive articles based on their research in language arts and social studies classes and continued to document their research using the MLA format.


Each student became an expert on a different aspect of the Western Movement through independent research and short term projects.  To culminate this unit of study, they students will create a final project which reflects what they have learned during the second unit of study. Final projects will be displayed for the school to view in the showcases at McManus.

McManus Middle School students Kevin Dynda and Krzsztof Buz work on their final project.

Peter Bardys, Adonijah Campbell, Paul Dominques are discussing the information to include on their projects.

Erin Tan is doing some last minute edits as Elizabeth Swinton looks on.

Amanda Rego (holding her creative puzzle) proofreads the answers to make sure they are correct.

Natalie Correa and Bryan Valencia explain their final project to Jane Kologi.

Photos by Christine Hudak, Linden Public Schools

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