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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  1. If I was in the situation of getting rid of the evidence, I would burn the documents and then scatter the ashes in the ocean. If it that important to get rid of the evidence, I will do everything to not leave a trace. Burning the documents, you won't be able to read them, throwing the ashes in the ocean, would seem as if they never were there. In the book the uncle burnt the pages, so the Americans won't see them. The Americans could be suspicious of the ashes, and the uncle didn't burn all of the papers. Putting them in the ocean would ruin the pages, and the trace of them being there.

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    1. I always wonder- what if at some point you needed those for evidence- and there's no way to ever trace the information again. Is permanent the best thing?

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  2. There are a couple ways to get rid of evidence. One thing that I would do is burn them like the uncle did. Another thing that I would do is just throw them in the ocean so there is no trace of them and the documents would be ruined. I really don't think that the uncle should have kept any documents either. Especially if it is that important to you that the Americans don't find them, you should just get rid of them all. That is what I would of done to get rid of any evidence of the documents.

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    1. I would do the same thing too Dalton thats a smart idea

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  3. The thing that scared me the most about going from elementary school to intermediate school and middle school is that there were older kids there. I was afraid they would judge me. I am very small and I didn't want anyone to make fun of me for that. The judging is just like when Creighton got pressured into gambling by his room mates. Creighton's school experience is like mine in the bullying type of way.

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  4. There are a couple of things I would have done to hide the evidence from the Americans. The first thing that I would of done if I only had a short amount of time, is that I would have ripped the documents into little pieces and then throw the pieces off of the boat. I would've done this because it's a fast way to get rid of things. Also, if you don't have enough time to rip them up before you throw them into the sea, it wouldn't of matter that much because they would become soggy and then soon rip apart. Another reason why I say I would've done that is because the Americans would not see that you are trying to get rid of the documents, and they wouldn't get suspicious. That is one of the things I would have done to get rid of the documents if the Americans were trying to find them.

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  5. A major disaster happened on September 11, 2001. This changed the perspective on America for many citizens. Hijackers took control of two innocent planes that crashed into to the twin towers. There was a total of 2,996 deaths that could have been prevented if there was more rules on air plane safety. Since 9-11 happened the protection of our Americans has been a major objective. The security safety should have been changed to what it is now, sooner then later. Individuals are now way more cautious due to this incident. The airline security is much more advanced now then it was in 2001. After you check in at the airport, you stand in line to go through security. During this process you will; take your shoes and belt off and place them in a bin, put your carry on bag through a scanner, and walk through security and tell the officer your name and date of birth. If you get through all these requirements you may now either sit in the waiting room or proceed to get on the plane. This is a major event in history that caused America to alter.

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  6. The thing I was scared of was coming back to Plymouth schools after I moved back from Texas. I was scared nobody would still like me. I didn't want to be judged by my old friends. I mean I still had friends but I was scared that they wouldn't remember me and like me for me. I thought that I had to change for them and do something to still be there friend and talk to them. I was really scared of Lincoln Jr. High when I seen it from outside and inside views. I mean the school looked huge! But once I got the hang of my classes, which by the way was the only parts of the whole school I knew, I wasn't so scared anymore. I met new friends which are some of my best friends right now. I was kind of bullied at Paris Junior High in Paris, Texas. They judged way too much and they had like 5 fights every week. You would get pushed and punched for know reason. There was a lot of violence and bullying. They had police officers walking around the school's canvas. They even had police dogs there because some of the students sold and brought drugs to school. We also had so much bullying that it made one of my best guy friends to suicide and the people that bullied him were crying and thought that they didn't do anything wrong. Paris Junior High is a terrible school to go to! Lincoln is way better and I'm so glad I moved back!

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    1. I am sorry you had to endure so many bullying issues in your previous school.

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    2. It's okay I guess. I mean they try to stop it but never exceed. It's so tragic that people and even kids today don't have hearts and are so cruel to one another and can cause someone to end there life. What has society come to?

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    3. I'm also very sorry for what happened at your old school. I'm very glad that you like it here in Plymouth also.

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    4. I'm so sorry that happened to you it's not right that your friend killed him self because he was getting bullied that much

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  7. Currently, we are reading a historical fiction novel called, "The Year of the Hangman". I have read chapters 1-5 and I have been asked to think about a time when I had to start at a new school, what was the one thing that scared me the most about starting at a new school, and why.

    I moved schools seventh grade year and I was terrified. It was going to be middle school and it was full of teachers and students that I didn't know. I was scared to be the only kid that had moved from another school, which I wasn't, and that I was going to be a loner because I knew no one and I thought that I wouldn't make any friends. For instance, on the first day of school I got so scared to walk into my classroom that I sat in the bathroom for a while until I thought I could actually enter the room. When I entered the room was pretty empty. I looked around and found a group of girls with an empty seat at their table and I asked if I could sit there. They said sure but I was still really terrified, I didn't say another word for the rest of the day.

    I don't know why I was so scared because Lincoln has a lot of nice people and a lot of people who will give you the chance to be their friend. I have several friends now and I had a great year last year. I can see why Creighton goes to hang out in pubs a lot because maybe he feels like he doesn't have a chance with people and that he will be moving again soon so he doesn't really need to try.

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    1. Moving is definitely traumatic at any age, but specifically at the middle school level. You will have many transitions in your life... this was one of many .

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  8. The one thing that scared me the most about moving to different schools, was the people. Usually, if you come into a different school(from 6th grade at Riverside to 7th grade at Lincoln) you get picked on more. I got picked on in my Pre-Algebra class, for being a '7th grader'. The person kept calling me the little 7th grader, which scared me, because I was just trying to get used to a new school and it's different schools. Next year at high school, it's going to be even scarier, because we will be the freshmen, while everybody else is softmores, juniors, and seniors. High school is where you get picked on the most, because you're mostly confused about the new school. You're a human target. I will NOT be looking forward to the first day of high school.

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  9. Trenton Arvesen
    Grade: 8th
    Teacher: Mrs. Neidlinger

    The thing that scared me the most in going to a new school? Well lots of thing, I won't have the same classes, friends. Sometimes food. Yet when walking into Lincoiln Jr. High, I was shaking. All seven periods I was feeling queazy and such, when I got to math. I actually had to go to the nurse! The cold shudder that goes up and down you spine making you cold inside. The nervousness of seeing new people hurts you on the inside. Then going into the year, your amount of friends decrease and your left alone as the last choice friend..

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  10. England residents in the book’s time period think that America is not yet civilized. You would never know what animals might be lurking around the corner. In a way it is, uncivilized, because they haven’t really explored all of it. Everything is new to them; there are different animals, plants, customs, and even climates. The english people have heard about the indians, and how violent they can be. They probably also heard about all the diseases and how many colonists have died because they are not immune to them.

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  11. I was absolutely terrified when I had found out that I had to switch schools. Going from forth grade to fifth grade was bad but when seventh grade rolled around I was scared to death. I knew that there would be high expectations and the teachers wouldn't deal with as much crap from students. Now, of course I've gotten used to Lincoln but I know that soon enough I'll have to go to the high school. Just one more change that I need in my life. I've gained and lost friends in the past three years and sure it's been scary, but the thing I think I'm most afraid off is loosing the ones closest to me. Friends and teachers. Eventually I'll join reality and realize that not everyone is gonna stay. I'm excited to be able to go places and see things. I'm ready to start college so I can get a degree and hopefully start writing books that will become successful.
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  12. When I had to change schools I was so scared. I didn't even want to go to school when it became time to go to Lincoln. I just wanted to stay home and hide underneath my covers. Then I had no other choice but to go to school and toughen up. I though I wouldn't know anyone because all of my friends would be in different classes. Then I realized that this was an oppertuinity to meet new people, and I did. I met a lot of new people. Now that I look back I'm really glad that I came to Lincoln because I feel like it's a good place to be. I get to see all of my friends everyday and that's the thing that I was scared the most of... Not being able to see my friends and not knowing anybody in any of my classes. Now that I see everything clearer at the school I know that me being scared of coming to a new school was stupid.

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  13. If I were in the situation where I had to get rid of all of the documents, the first thing I'd do would probably be to rip them up because I wouldn't be thinking clearly with all of the pressure. I probably would have thrown them off the ship with the bag they were in, which doesn't guarantee that nobody would jump off to get them, but they would still all eventually sink to the bottom of the ocean and become so water damaged they wouldn't be able to be read. Creighton was told to burn the papers but he couldn't get them all out of the bag. If he threw the bag overboard then he wouldn't have had to worry about the patriots getting the papers. It seems easier and more efficient to throw the papers in the ocean.

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    1. I agree with you Gabby, it might have been much easier if he had just thrown the papers into the ocean to save him time because it would've been easier and probably more efficient.

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    2. I agree with what you said about the different ways to get rid of the papers, good job!

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  14. There are a couple ways to get rid of evidence. One thing that I would do is burn them like the uncle did. Another thing that I would do is just throw them in the ocean so there is no trace of them and the documents would be ruined. I really don't think that the uncle should have kept any documents either. Especially if it is that important to you that the Americans don't find them, you should just get rid of them. That is what I would of done to get rid of any evidence of the documents.

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    1. I would probably throw it in the ocean because no one would ever find it again.

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  15. There are very many different ways you could have got rid of the evidence. you could have burned them like the uncle did. I would have ripped them to little pieces and then burnt them. I mean you could have thrown them in the ocean, but in the book the locked themselves in their cabin and could not get out of it with out being killed or injured badly

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  16. 3. I would've also tried to burn the papers because then the American pirates couldn't get the papers unless they were really quick and I also would've tried to set the boat itself on fire so the pirates couldn't get the other possessions on the ship so as to make sure nothing would be found for any proof.

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  17. Teacher: Mrs. Neidlinger
    Grade: 8th
    Question 1:
    In WWII if we had not won the war Germany or the "Nazi's" would be the ruler of the world. There would be no jews, and some people would just be KoS(Kill on sight). We wouldn't be able to choose any of our laws or governmental people. Our life would be so different. So many religions would not exist if Hitler had won WWII. We wouldn't be able to have the nice things we have now, we wouldn't be able to do what we do. We might not even people to have all this Technology without winning the war of WWII. In conclusion, Everything in the world would have been different if Hitler had won WWII and USA had not.

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    1. Very good point- I can't imagine the world if Hitler's influence was spread throughout the world.

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    2. I thought it would be a good point to throw out there. It just wouldn't be same as today. Probably be dark out and evilness in the air.

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  18. Question 2 week 1:
    Well, for me I never moved to like a new state or anything. But the first time I ever changed schools I was about 9 or 10 because I was in Pre - K (1-4) and I was just about ready to go to Riverside Intermediate School I was starting 5th grade and they said we wouldn't all in be a same group so I was thinking about the worse things possible like I wouldn't have any friends because all my friends would be in a different group. But once I got there things were different I made friends quickly and there was nothing to worry about!

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  19. Tanner Zehner
    Question 2
    When I moved from elementary school to middle school I was scared of the older kids. I was scared that they were going to bully me. I was also scared of how hard school was going to get.

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  20. Jordan Hunsberger
    Question 2
    When I moved from Plymouth to Warsaw a couple of years ago I didn't want to move and i was really upset. I was afraid that people where gonna bully me and that I wouldn't make any friends. But it really wasn't that bad I made lots of friends and I started to forget about Plymouth. Then when I found out that I was moving back I was really happy.

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    1. I did question number two when I moved away from Plymouth to another town. When I moved from Plymouth to Warsaw a couple of years ago I didn't want to move and I was really upset. I was afraid that people where gonna bully me and that I wouldn't make any friends. But it really wasn't that bad I made lots of friends and I started to forget about Plymouth. Then when I found out that I was moving back I was really happy.

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  21. #1
    One major event in history was the Revolutionary War. What might have happened if the Americans didn't win the Revolutionary War? According to the article, What if the British had won the Revolutionary War is we would all be under British rule. There would probably even be more taxation. We would still be ruled by the King of England who is far away.

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  22. 3. There are some things that I could have done to get rid of the evidence so the Americans couldn't get them. One thing is that I would have done the same as Creighton's uncle did, which was burning the documents. Another thing I would have done was to tear the document to shreds and throw them overboard. If they were very important then I would make sure that there was no evidence of them left behind.

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  24. Question #1 Week #1
    My event would be 9/11. The world would probably still have the to twin towers. Many lives would not have been lost and lost like they were. We would not have had to send all that time looking for the person who did this to us. And we defiantly would not have all this news and drama to talk about when the date comes and even when the date of the day does not come.

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  25. If America's history didn't happen and something else happened in its place the history of our nation wouldn't be good. If the Civil War didn't happen and the North of America agreed with slavery then we would probably maybe just got rid of slavery 40 years ago. John F. Kennedy wouldn't be known for ending segregation, on the other hand he would be known for ending slavery. The world today is much better than it was back then.

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  26. A major disaster happened on September 11, 2001. This changed the perspective on America for many citizens. Hijackers took control of two innocent planes that crashed into to the twin towers. There was a total of 2,996 deaths that could have been prevented if there was more rules on air plane safety. Since 9-11 happened the protection of our Americans has been a major objective. Life would be way different, if the 9-11 wouldn't have happened. Lots of people would still be here and not have been killed, we would still have the twin towers and the other buildings that where crashed down by hijackers on the planes. Also we wouldn't have to see said videos on youtube of little girls singing about loosing there dad in this terrible tragedy. 2,996 people wouldn't have died or suffered. I think people wouldn't be as scared as they are today, worrying about it happening again. I think people wouldn't even thing about this in today's life if it wouldn't have happened.

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    1. I agree with your response and all of the detail and information you put into it, great job!

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  27. Question 1 Week 1

    My event is 9/11. The world would still have the twin towers and the people that were killed would still be alive. Also there would probably not be as many tarriest groups in the world like today. Also there would not be as much sadness on 9/11 because the planes would have not crashed into the twin towers.

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    1. I sometimes wonder about terrorism itself, as well. Has the threats heightened because of 9/11- or would something else have occurred regardless?

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  28. Question 2 Week 1

    The one thing that scared me the most when having to start a new school was making new friends. The reason why is because it is hard to make new friends in school when you don't know anyone have no idea were to start off again because I would be afraid of messing up and getting bullied. Examples would be trading schools from elementary to middle school then to Lincoln and finally to high school. As you grow up, the amount of people and friends in your classes change because their is more people their that you don't know. In high school, you will have about one friend in your class or none at all because the school is super big and has multiple different classes to choose from making everyone that knows you, split apart and grow up.

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    1. I agree with you Raquel, every time you go to a new school you and your friends get split up and in high school there are many options so everyone might have to make some new friends.

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  29. Week 1 Question 4
    I believe that someone from England would consider America as a wild place with no traditions for many reasons. The first reason is that British people only heard about the negative things about Americans and the negative things that we had done so that we could get our independence. They heard about all of our failures, our not-so-friendly tactics, and, as Colonel Gower pointed out, our fondness for coffee instead of tea. Another reason that British subjects thought that we were so bad is because we neglected to obey every command that King George gave us. After all, we did think he was a tyrant. We thought that we should rule ourselves, seeing that we were 3,000 miles away, that we should not be taxed without representation, and that we shouldn't have British soldiers watching over our back 24/7. The soldiers were in our cities, like the occupancy of Charles Town in the book, and sometimes even in our peoples' homes. There are other reasons as well that would describe why theBritish people thought so badly of us, but I think that these are two of the main ones.

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    1. I agree with you on what all you wrote. Well said.

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  30. Week 1 Question 2
    One thing that scared me the most about having to start a new school was if people would like me. I know it’s crazy to think no one will like you but that was my biggest fear. At my old school everyone knew each other from when they were born. Of course, I lived in a small town with a tiny school corporation. Moving to Plymouth was like a whole other world for me. Fortunately, I found a lot of friends. Just like Creighton and any other kid they just want to have friends. In the end I found out moving to another school isn't so hard after all.

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    1. We definitely all want to be liked- it's human nature. Even as adults- that intrinsic need for caring never goes away.

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  31. I had to move twice then I went to Lincoln there where kids I didn't know anyone didn't know the teachers didn't know my way around and I was so scared I almost cried but I went to school and it turned out that it wasn't so bad I had a lot of friends in my classes and had alot of nice teachers I'm glad I went because it wasen't so bad

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  32. -Question #2
    I moved schools about 3 years ago which was in 6th grade. I hated the idea of moving and having to go to a new school especially because I'd be moving in like 3 or 4 months after school had started. I felt so embarrassed for everything, moving isn't something scary because I mean you get to know new people. Which also lets just always think things in a positive way because you get nothing from being negative. Changes can be bad but can also be good! Through out it all I've met many new people, lost some along the way, but it is ok because it's part of life and things don't stay the same forever. Things like moving aren't so hard after all if you think of all the good things that will happen or could happen.

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  33. Question #4- I think that England might see The United States as a bad country or a good country. I think that the biggest negative thing they would say about us is that we were basically the underdogs in the War against the British. I mean of course I don't think the English right now like us 100% because of that but I mean that was over 100 years ago. I think that's the only negative thing they would say about us because aren't they considered our allies today?

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  34. Question 3
    The way I would have gotten rid of the evidence would be to burn it and make sure all the documents were out of the bag. After they were done burning I would have scattered all of the ashes. If they weren't completely burned then I would rip them up some more then scatter them all around. The reason I would do this is so if they find one and its not completely burned they would be able to read it. if you rip it up into multiple pieces then they wouldn't be able to.

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  36. 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.:

    One thing that had scared me the most about starting a new school is that, all the drama. When I switched schools from intermediate to Lincoln I heard there were lots of drama which i didn't want.

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  37. Question 4. Why do you think someone from England might think this about America at this time period? I think that he thinks this about america because he is not use to all this . Where he lives is way different then america where he is with his uncle.. He's just getting used to all of it and needs a while of it to get really used to there way and how things roll there.

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  39. Question 2
    I was mostly scared of coming to Lincoln. I was scared that I wouldn't get to see any of my friends, so I would have to make new ones. Another thing I was scared of was getting picked on. I thought that since I was new that older people would make fun of me.

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  40. The one thing that scared me the most about having to start at a new school Is. If starting a new school I would be nervous because I wouldn't know wether or not to trust anyone. At the new school I would try to keep to myself so I would not be emotionally harmed by those so called "friends". But until I know that they are nice enough I would try to become their friend. Then after I made my first friend I would try to make a few more.

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  41. 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.

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  42. Question 3
    What I would have done to get rid of the evidence was thrown it out the cabin window and into the sea. The paper would've gotten all soggy and the ink from the quill pens would have washed off into the water. So, even if they managed to find the papers and get them out of the water they wouldn't be even remotely readable.

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  43. Whats scary about going to a new school for me is finding new friends and not being able to find a group where i belong

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  44. Question 2
    If I got transferred to a new school I would be scared out of my mind because I wouldn't now anyone and I would have no friends that I can talk to. Also I would be shy because I don't know if I would get stereotyped and bullied and get beat up because people would beat me up, call me names like idiot, four eyes, there's something wrong with me, etc. Also I would be scared because when I was young I moved to a different school and it scared me because I didn't know where the classes were and I didn't know anyone for like a month. But also I never talked to anyone anyways because I was afraid if people would bully me or not. But finally I started meeting new people that thought I was a cool kid and I guess that's how I met a lot of friends.

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