Quotes to Live By

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
(John Quincy Adams)

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. (Aristotle)

Every artist was first an amateur. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. (Thomas Jefferson)

It takes ten years to build up a reputation, but only five minutes to ruin one. (Anonymous)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Spies in the Revolutionary War

Now you may think of a million things when reading the title: Spies in the Revolutionary War, but I think this is a title befitting the content that will follow in this blog post. The reason why I picked this title is because it matches with my classroom curriculum theme.

I have created a curriculum that fits into Virginia's State Standards, but it takes students into a whole new world of learning. This book will help students learn about the dangers of living in the duration of the Revolutionary War and helps them to understand what it means to stand on "a side". Whichever side they picked during the war has its consequences.

I really liked how Robert Skead, the author of this book depicts the Revolutionary War. He has done his research and tries to make the story as real as possible, aside from the fictional characters of the twin boys.

Here is a synopsis of the book:

When Revolutionary War Patriot Lamberton Clark is shot by British soldiers while on a mission for the Continental Army, he has only two hopes of getting the secret message he’s carrying to General George Washington: his 14-year-old twin boys John and Ambrose. Upon discovering that their father is a spy in the Culper Spy Ring, the boys accept their mission without a clue about what they may be up against. They set off from Connecticut to New Jersey to find General Washington, but the road to the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army is full of obstacles; including the man who shot their father who is hot on their trail.

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