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.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Year of the Hangman

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

 

 

 

                                                                                         
Hello and welcome to The Year of the Hangman book blog. We are getting set for the November launch of the book blog. A majority of the participants in this book blog will be students from Lincoln Junior High, but we encourage students, parents, teachers and community members from all over the world to join us as we read this book over four weeks.

Mrs. Neidlinger, an 8th grade Humanities teacher, will be the moderator for this book blog.  While you are getting ready to start the book blog, check out the author, Gary Backwood's site.


Complete the form below, before continuing. 

 
Instructions for Posting to the Blog    
                                               
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.

Commenting on the blog is easy. Follow these easy steps:

Creating and Maintaining a Safe Space On-line

***When responding to other posts, consider using the following openers as a guide -

*  I noticed.....
*  I liked.....
*  I wonder.....
*  What if.....
*  How might.....

TOP 10 STRATEGIES FOR CREATING AND MAINTAINING A SAFE BLOGGING SPACE

1.  Use others' names when addressing them directly.

2.  Read questions and prior conversations carefully before responding.

3.  Compliment your peers- use the five guides above as openers.

4.  Ask questions - it's always encouraged to spur a conversation on by adding your own question to what's been said.

5.  Be considerate- keep your language direct and respectful.

6.  Avoid slang, jargon, and sarcasm at all times.

7.  Listen to all ideas presented- a variety of perspectives adds depth to a conversation.

8.  Stay open-minded- if you expect others to respect your comments and ideas- you must do the same for them.

9.  Courteously answer all questions addressed directly to you.

10.  Avoid emotional punctuation, such as exclamation points unless it's a compliment, and all caps- it's interpreted as yelling.

If you have any questions about posting or what to expect on this book blog, please e-mail the moderator, Mrs. Neidlinger - pneidlinger@plymouth.k12.in.us

Thanks and lets get this thing started; it should be an exciting journey........

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