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History Exhibition

February 8, 2022 | Sam Choi

At Mustard Seed School Academic Exhibitions are long term projects. They often last weeks, and sometimes student work grows over the course of months. Our exhibitions require deep inquiry, iterative drafting, and meaningful expression of understanding. Seventh and eighth grade students complete a total of eight Academic Exhibitions as part of their graduation project. Mustard Seed students have been doing long term studies and projects since pre K. And now, they get to show it all off.”


The History Exhibition will take place on February 16 and will be graded on three different elements:  an Oral Presentation, a Visual Presentation and an artifact.  For this year’s History Exhibition, 7th graders researched a topic (a person, an invention/discovery or an event) found between the years 1900 CE to 1950 CE.  This year’s topics ranged from famous battles and events in both World War I and II to athletes, spies and even carrier pidgeons.

Oral and Visual

The oral and visual portion of the exhibition will take place in front of each student’s advisory group. Students will be required to speak for 12-15 minutes on their topic, accompanied by a visual presentation.  The visual presentation can be a slide show (powerpoint, prezi, keynote, etc), a web page (free web page creator such as weebly), a documentary (created with iMovie or other such applications) or any other creative way to present the topic.  Included in the presentation are general information about the topic such as what it is and when and where it took place as well as their connection to modern times and their significance. 


Directly after the individual presentations, the 7th graders will gather in the Lab to present their artifacts. The artifact is something that is made by the student and not just store bought.  An artifact can be anything that enhances the understanding of the topic.

Sam Choi

Teacher, Grade 8; Science, History, and Ethics, Sixth to Eighth Grades

Mr. Choi has been teaching for over twenty years. Prior to Mustard Seed, Mr. Choi taught at a high school and a middle school for students with language based learning differences. He has also taught at an after school tutoring center and a standardized test prep center.

Over his career, Mr. Choi has taught high school Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Computer Programming, Algebra I and II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and US and European History. He has also taught middle school PE, Health, Earth Science, Physical Science, Life Science, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, World History and Language Arts, as well as Ethics, Civics, Economics, Christian Studies and Geography.

Mr. Choi enjoys running, watching movies, and cheering for the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs; he has been an avid fan of these teams since 1980.
He is married to Abby Hall Choi and is the father of Noah (MSS Class of 2027) and Jacob (MSS class of 2030).

Mr. Choi was born in Pusan, South Korea, and emigrated to the United States in 1980 with his parents and older brother and sister. He first lived in Kansas City, Kansas and then moved to San Diego, California in 1986. In 2007, Mr. Choi moved to Jersey City, New Jersey. He quickly discovered that living in Southern California does not equip one to survive anywhere outside of Southern California.

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