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Journey: Session 3, Week 1

I hope you have all had a fantastic break, and we are very excited to have you back.

This week we started a new, exciting Genre: During this session, we will make and write our Greek Myth with a moral, conflict, and ending. We began by learning how Greek Myths work and what they must include. We then read world-class Greek Myths and wrote a review. Finally, we started brainstorming about the main character and other fundamental things.

In this session, there was not only one new Quest… but two. The first Quest we started was all based on the Trial of Socrates. At the end of the session, we will gather and recreate the trial, with all of us as a person there. This week we researched what happened at the problem and what it was about. We looked at sites and videos given to us, and at the end of the week, we had to choose who we were going to be.

The second Quest was Art Quest. This week in Art Quest, we started from the bottom. We had to draw a self-portrait, a portrait of someone else, and our hand. We were also challenged to experiment with different grips, thicknesses, and pencils.

For Civ, we were discussing an interesting question:

If you were a member of the Athenian jury, would you find Socrates:

  • Guilty for criticizing Athenian leaders;

  • Guilty for his opposition towards democracy and praise of undemocratic Sparta;

  • Guilty for being a gadfly who likes to annoy Athenians;

  • Guilty for encouraging young people to be disrespectful; or

  • Innocent though a stubborn old man who will not keep his thoughts to himself?

We had an interesting debate with most Falcons leaning toward Socrates being innocent.

For the second Civ challenge, we were given the task of choosing a biography of someone from ancient history to read. We were given a list of people to choose from, but we could have come up with our own if approved.

One of our most exciting launches this week was about an inspirational hero. Sybil Ludington, a sixteen-year-old, rode almost 40 miles to warn 400 military men that the British were attacking. After being warned that Danbury, Connecticut was under attack, and with the messenger too tired to continue, Sybil delivered the message and saved dozens of lives. Sybil saved twice the amount of men as Paul Revere, was less than twice his age, and rode twice as far to deliver the message. If this is true, why is it that Henry Longfellow’s famous poem immortalized Paul Revere, and Sybil only got her name on a postal stamp and a thank you from George Washington? Because she was female? Because she was young? Because it wasn’t as important? This launch was one of the best and was a great example of an inspiring person.

Sadly, Friday was canceled due to four inches of snow. But for the first time in winter, there was snow!!

I hope you have a wonderful snow day and I will see you next week.

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