​7th Graders at RMS in Mr. Black's Social Studies class recently wrote speeches to U.S. citizens as if they were the President. The speeches included the moral codes they expected the citizens to uphold, how they will use their power to improve the lives of others, how their actions will impact the environment, and the kinds of scientific and technological programs they will support. After going through the writing process, the students gained experience in public speaking by sharing their speeches with the class in the auditorium. This was a culminating activity on a unit that explored the essential question: What are the key themes in U.S. history?