a glimpse of the week (12/10)
Did everyone have a sensational weekend? Well, I had to bring Lorenzo von Matterhorn back out of the hallway closet as the wet weather returned to North Texas yet again. In case you’ve forgotten, back in October I decided to give my umbrella a name as we were spending so much time together. No, I have not been holding a Swiss aristocrat, nobleman, patrician, etc. hostage in my hallway closet, so there is no need to contact the local authorities. I did miss Lorenzo, though. When I carry him by his wooden crook handle, I always fancy myself as Mr. Banks from Mary Poppins. Is that odd? Did anyone run the BMW Dallas Marathon? I must admit that the thought never even crossed my mind, but I have the utmost respect for those who laced up their running shoes and spent their Sunday morning covering 26.2 miles of some of the loveliest areas of the city. As for me, I spent a good deal of my weekend contentedly lounging on the sofa watching the second leg of the Curling World Cup on NBCSN. Don’t judge. Curling is amazing. Who wouldn’t enjoy watching a granite stone weighing between 38 and 44 pounds as it slides on a sheet of ice toward a target area which is segmented into four concentric circles? Sounds exhilarating, right? In case you missed it, the third leg of the Curling World Cup will take place in Jonkoping, Sweden from January 30 to February 3, 2019. The history of the sport can be traced all the way back to 16th century Scotland, so give curling a chance and check it out. Apologies, as I have been extremely long-winded. Shall we look ahead to the goings-on for the week?
In the 6th grade, our break from the textbook World Cultures and Geography will continue for one more week as the students push ahead on the North America map project. This assignment will allow the 6th grade students to hone their cartography skills as they create political/physical maps of the North American continent. Sounds fun, right? This assignment requires the students to be diligent, meticulous, and accurate as I can assure you that it is no easy feat to draw and label the St. Lawrence River on a map. For the record, the St. Lawrence River flows in a roughly north-easterly direction, connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean and forming the primary drainage outflow of the Great Lakes Basin. It is also part of the international boundary between Ontario, Canada and the U.S. state of New York. Yes, the 6th grade students will have the St. Lawrence River on their maps. Impressive, right? Though this assignment is more than a bit laborious, the students are enjoying themselves immensely. Good times, indeed. I look forward to seeing their completed maps in the very near future.
In the 7th grade, we will push forward in unit #3 (Texas: From Colony, to Republic, to Statehood) in our study of the recorded history of Texas. Last week, we wrapped up our discussion on Juan Bautista de las Casas and his 1811 overthrow of the Spanish government of Texas, as well as Jose Gutierrez de Lara and his attempts to create an independent Texas. Both of these men were successful in their efforts, but only temporarily, as both the Casas' Revolt and the Gutierrez-Magee Expedition ended in failure as the Spanish retained firm control of Texas. Good stuff, right? This week, we will discuss Agustin de Iturbide, the Mexican army general, who after switching sides and joining the insurgency, drafted the Plan of Iguala on February 24, 1821. His revolutionary proclamation created the Army of the Three Guarantees and ultimately brought to an end the Mexican War of Independence. With the signing of the Treaty of Cordoba on August 24, 1821, Mexican independence from Spain was established. Sounds interesting, right? I look forward to the lively discussion that is certain to take place in the classroom.
In the 8th grade, we will push forward in chapter #5 of the textbook America: History of Our Nation. The focus of chapter #5 is Road to Revolution, and we will spend considerable time discussing the troubles on the western frontier leading up to the French and Indian War, Britain’s tax policies and their impact on American colonial society, and the events of April 19, 1775 at Lexington and Concord and the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. Good stuff, right? This week, we will discuss William Trent, the captain of the Virginia regiment who was commissioned to construct Fort Prince George at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers, known to the Native Americans as the Forks of the Ohio, only to be thwarted by the French. This led Governor Robert Dinwiddie of Virginia to dispatch his militia, led by Lt. Colonel George Washington, and twice they engaged French troops. First, Lt. Colonel Washington and his men surprised a small expedition of French scouts at the Battle of Jumonville Glen, and then Washington and his men attempted to defend a hastily constructed fort in the Battle of Fort Necessity. Needless to say, the outbreak of the French and Indian War is upon us. Good stuff, right? I look forward to the lively discussion that is certain to take place in the classroom.
That is all that I have. Have a fantastic week.