The Scarlet Pimpernel/Fr. Revolution

Research topics by groups: What are the key points and information about your topic? What are the connections to the French Revolution – before & after?

Group 1: First Estate
Group 2: Second Estate
Group 3: Third Estate
Group 4: Versailles/Marie Antoinette
Group 5: Baroness Orzy

You may use these sites as starting points to learning more about:

1) the causes of the French Revolution;
2) the important figures of this time period/aristocrats; and
3) the results of the Revolution.

Marie Antoinette | PBS
Marie Antoinette is the official online companion to the PBS documentary Marie Antoinette. It contains a wealth of information about Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution, including educational guides.

Scientific Revolution, Enlightenment & French Revolution
The Galileo Project Hosted by Rice University, the Galileo Project provides information about Galileo’s family, career, and scientific inquiries. Included are a list of Galileo Project texts, an ov…

New School Year

Hello, Mausome GT Parents/Guardians,

I hope this email finds you well and that a memorable summer was had by all! I, jokingly, told the kiddos last year that I would be researching their summer reading by spending some time in the land of the hobbits. Although,  I didn’t see any hobbits, I did see the Misty Mountains (aka The Remarkables) and some other sites.

I always enjoy seeing the kids after summer because they change so much, and they’ll continue to change as this year progresses, personally and academically. I’m so lucky that I get this benefit by being able to be their teacher another year.

What have we been doing? LOADS! Did they tell you about the Marshmallow Challenge? Our motto from that: Think like a Kindergartner – dauntless and creative. We’ve also spent several days reviewing, deepening, and solidifying our understanding of the hero’s journey – from fairy tales to personal stories to fiction. On Friday, we will have a gallery walk of their mindmaps for The Hobbit. I can’t wait to see the finished product of their thinking and their mapping of Bilbo’s journey. The drafts look intriguing.

Tomorrow, they will take their district-required expository CBAP (their first major grade). We’ve been working towards this since the first day, and I hope they see the connection when they see the prompt tomorrow. We will want to do our best and keep in mind that there will be a revision portion next week. 🙂

Finally, I told the kids to bring a coloring book. We are going to use this as a “brain break, get our creative process going” activity. Personally, coloring  is something that I still do as an adult, especially when I have to do any kind of lengthy writing.

Thank you, again, for sharing your kids with me for another year.