What’s a more impactful day in American history? The signing of the Declaration of Independence or the attack on Pearl Harbor? The start of the Great Depression or the birth of the Internet?

Middle school students in Mr. Demeter’s social studies classes have been debating the most important events in American history in a bracket-style tournament, just like the NCAA March Madness. Mr. Demeter placed thirty-two of the most important events in American History into a bracket by century. Through the use of polls, discussion boards, and writing assignments, students developed their arguments to defend their picks. Each week the students discuss and debate the importance and impact of the events and vote to see which ones move on in the tournament. They are down to the Final Four. This video showcases some of the students discussing major events of the 18th and 19th centuries. Take a look at the bracket¬†and debate for yourself!