Monday, January 05, 2015

Welcome to Week Three 

THE YEAR OF THE HANGMAN

 

We are currently in week 3 of our 4 week project. This week will be reading chapters 12 through 17 (pages 131-187). 

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        Week 3 - Question #1     

                                                   
 A duel becomes a major event in this portion of the novel. One of the most famous duels in American history tragically takes the life of Alexander Hamilton. Read more about the famous Burr-Hamilton duel that took place in 1804 using this wikipedia link. In your comment for this post explain why you think that Burr actually shot and killed Hamilton.

Read more about the famous 1804 duel with these links:

      
  Week 3 - Question #2    
                                                     
Creighton makes a tough decision when he helps break his uncle out of jail. Would you have made the same choice? What other options did Creighton have and what did he risk in making those decisions?

        Week 3 - Question #3    

                                                     
A major character in this novel is Benedict Arnold - who in my opinion is one of the most interesting individuals in American History. In real life he was a hero to the Patriots and later hated by those same soldiers. Read a little about the life of Benedict Arnold in this article from Wikipedia and then post a fact that you found interesting.

        Week 3 - Question #4     

                        
Enemies of the Patriot's cause felt the need to destroy the place where The Liberty Tree newspaper was printed. What do you think this says about the power of the press? Can you think of a recent example in which a newspaper became a powerful tool in waging war or impacting world politics?

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

VIRTUAL BOOK BLOG- WEEK 2 - CHAPTERS 6-11

THE YEAR OF THE HANGMAN

Welcome to Week 2 

                      

  • Choose 1 of the 4 questions listed below as your blog post this week.  
  • Identify which question you are responding to in your post by restating the question.
  • Comment/ reply on at least two other posts throughout the week.


Instructions for Posting to the Blog 
(Refer to the guidelines in last week's blog post)    
                                               
Each week, during the four week time period, I will post “outside of the box” questions based on the assigned chapters.  Each participant will respond to the blog questions of the week, by choosing 1 of the 4 questions.  You are welcome to post as many comments as possible using the digital citizenship guidelines outlined below.  


CHAPTERS 6-11

p. 65-130

Hello and welcome back for week 2 of The Year of the Hangman Book Blog. The action is just starting to heat up and this week you learn more about Ben Franklin's print shop, Creighton's uncle and the secret code used by the Liberty Tree newspaper.

 

Week 2 - Question #1    

                                                     
The setting for this portion of the novel is the city of New Orleans. Since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina several years ago, there has been much discussion on the future of this important American city. How do you feel about the rebuilding of the city of New Orleans? Do you think that the government should have spent billions of dollars to rebuild the city of New Orleans and protect it from a future hurricane or should the citizens of New Orleans have been asked to pick up and move somewhere else and the city not be rebuilt?

Week 2 - Question #2    

                                                   
Sophie and Creighton are given a great deal of responsibility in Ben Franklin's print shop as teenagers. In colonial America, many teenagers around the age of 14 or 15 are doing work and taking responsibility for things that today are often associated with adults. Do you think that in American society today we wait too long to treat teenagers as adults? What would be some pros and cons of allowing teenagers in America to have the full rights and responsibilities of adults at the age of 15?

Week 2 - Question #3    

                                                     
The code used by Ben Franklin was possible because it used a book that almost everyone in the colonies was able to access. If you were to write a similar code today, which book would you choose (remember that it should be a book almost everyone has access to or could access). In your comment, please list the book you would use and why you would choose that book. Would you use a certain book if you were only trying to include a certain group of people?

Week 2 - Question #4    

                                                    
In this portion of the book you have been introduced to Ben Franklin. Ben Franklin was truly one of the most important men in colonial America. The amount of inventions and ideas directly associated with this man is incredible. Check out more about Ben Franklin using this link on the Wikipedia and then post a comment describing at least one way that your life today is directly impacted by one of his ideas.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

 

Year of the Hangman
BOOK BLOG
November 2014

 Gary Blackwood

Picture Gary L. Blackwood started his writing career as a teen, and has since become a prolific author of novels for both young adults and middle-grade readers, in addition to penning plays and nonfiction. Popular particularly with boys due to their western and history themes, Blackwood's books include the alternate Revolutionary War history The Year of the Hangman, the nonfiction "Bad Guys" series, and his series of adventure novels centering around Elizabethan playwright William Shakespeare and featuring an orphaned teen named Widge.

 Read more: Gary L. Blackwood (1945–) Biography - Personal, Career, Honors Awards, Writings, Sidelights - Shakespeare, Review, York, and Book - JRank Articles http://biography.jrank.org/pages/2185/Blackwood-Gary-L-1945.html#ixzz2OBDq8Kp1

 

Welcome to Week One - November 18-December 2

                         
Welcome to week one of The Year of the Hangman book blog. During the week of November 18-December 2, we will be reading and commenting on the first five chapters of the novel - pages 1 - 65. 

  • Choose 1 of the 4 questions listed below as your blog post this week.  
  • Identify which question you are responding to in your post by restating the question.
  • Comment/ reply on at least two other posts throughout the week.




Instructions for Posting to the Blog 
(Refer to the guidelines in last week's blog post)    
                                               
Each week, during the four week time period, I will post “outside of the box” questions based on the assigned chapters.  Each participant will respond to the blog questions of the week, by choosing 1 of the 4 questions.  You are welcome to post as many comments as possible using the digital citizenship guidelines outlined below.   My hope is to create an online conversation about this novel.


Week 1 - Question #1    

                                                 
This novel deals with alternate history. Think about other major events in history and what might have happened if they turned out differently. Provide an example of one historical event and then explain how our world might have been altered if the event had been altered.  Cite specific event details based on evidence from other sources.  

Week 1 - Question #2    
                       
Creighton had been kicked out of a couple schools for his behavior and was often having to start over at new schools. Think about a time when you had to start at a new school - maybe because you moved or maybe when you began at the next level of school (from grade school to middle school for example). What was the one thing that scared you the most about having to start at a new school?  Why?  Cite specific examples in your explanation.

Week 1 - Question #3    
                                                     
When it is clear that he will be captured aboard his ship, Creighton's uncle quickly tries to burn all the important papers so they don't fall in the hands of the Americans. He burns almost all of the documents but not all of them. If you were in this situation on the ship, what would you have done to destroy the evidence?  Why?  Support your position with evidence from the novel and/or evidence from other resources.

Week 1 - Question #4    

                                                 
Creighton often describes America in a negative way - as a wilderness and a land without formal traditions and customs. Why do you think someone from England might think this about America at this time period?  Support your position with evidence from the novel.

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