The Year of the Hangaman WebQuest
This assignment is due by _____________________ .
In total, this report has to be 500 words in length. The deadline is 11:59:59 PM, _________________ . If you can not post to the blog, this is due when you walk in _____THE DAY OF THE DEADLINE IN CLASS__ .
REMEMBER, you may not (ever, ever, ever, ever, ever) use Wikipedia as a source in any way. Ever. EVER!
- First, post ownership of one topic from below. No two students can work on the same topic.
- Second, keep a bibliography. Gather the information on your research topic. Keep track of your sources on notebook paper.
- Third, write a short research report of your findings. Supply all references at the end of the paper/report. Do not plagiarize.
- Fourth, use proper citation for your sources.
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Here is the list of topics:
- The Revolutionary War
- The (real) Year of the Hangman
- The French and Indian War
- The United States Constitution
- The Declaration of Independance
- Benjamin Franklin and the Revolutionary War
- George Washington and the Revolutionary War
- Mount Vernon and the Revolutionary War
- London, England and the Revolutionary War
- John Adams and the Revolutionary War
- Thomas Jefferson and the Revolutionary War
- New York and the Revolutionary War
- Lexington and the Revolutionary War
- Gary Blackwood
- The Azores
- Warships, British
- Warships, American
- Pirates and the Revolutionary War
- Trenton and the Revolutionary War
- Samuel Adams and the American Revolution
- Sons of the American Revolution
- Outcome(s) of the American Revolution
- Slavery and the Revolutionary War
- Philadelphia and the Revolutionary War
- Valley Forge and the Revolutionary War
- Weapons of the Revolutionary War
- American Officers of the American Revolution
- British Officers during the American Revolution
- Liberty Tree – Is it real? Was it real? Find Out!
- Card Game, Whist
- Important Battles of the American Revolution
- Important Places of the American Revolution
- Songs of the American Revolution
sorry! that was supposed to be Edward Hagaman Hall.
2) The Sons of the American Revolution: New York Society, 1893-94 By Hagaman Hall
Mr. Moshe, I am emailing you and leaving this message because before it wouldn’t let me post my bibliography. I t explains it all in the email.
The Sons of the American Revolution
The Sons of the American Revolution started as a fraternal and civic society made up of people of lineal descendents who served at Valley Forge, fought in the American Revolution, signed the Declaration of Independence, served in the Continental Congress, or supported the idea of American Independence. This society was developed from the Sons of Revolutionary Sires on April 30, 1889. It was chartered on June 9, 1906, which was signed by President Theodore Roosevelt. This charter enables other states and countries to start up their own chapters. The Sons of the American Revolution consists of more than 26,000 members to date from over 500 chapters from the United States, Canada, France, Switzerland, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Almost 165,000 descendents have been admitted since they were founded. Members have included fifteen presidents of the United States, Brigadiers, Lieutenants and five star generals, presidents from several colleges and universities, ambassadors, and members from the Supreme Court, United States Congress, and United States Senate. Though not all of the members are well known people, some members could be doctors, lawyers, school teachers, etc. The one thing that all of the members have in common, though, are that they have a deep affection for America’s heritage and institutions. These members are always there when America needs them the most. They help in every major American conflict from the battle at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775 to the current actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Sons of the American Revolution have received the highest awards that America can give, including the Medal of Honor.
The Sons of the American Revolution is both educational and historical. It is also a non-profit organization. Their goal is to maintain and extend the value of American citizenship, the institutions of American freedom, a respect for our national symbols, the unifying force of E Pluribus Unum that has created one nation and one people, and the appreciation for true patriotism. They do this by telling stories of sacrifice, courage, patriotism, tragedy, and triumph of those that earned independence for the American people, believing that these stories are universal ones of man’s eternal struggle against tyranny, that could be related throughout the ages, and would inspire and strengthen every succeeding generation to defend our freedoms on the battlefields and in public institutions when called upon.
The Sons of the American Revolution are managed by National Trustees, one of which is from State and International Societies, fifteen Regional vice-presidents, and ten National Officers. Every year these men meet on several different occasions at the National Headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky to conduct business. Delegates from state societies meet every year in different cities for their Annual Congress. Also, over 60 committees made up of many members meet regularly to discuss and plan to achieve the Society’s objectives. The general officers consist of the president, vice presidents, secretary, treasurer, chancellor, genealogist, registrar, historian, librarian, surgeon general, executive committee appointees, and chaplain.
Many important people have been affiliated with the Sons of the American Revolution. There are many interesting websites that are online that list different chapters in many states across the United States of America. A very good website to go on if you are interested in becoming a member would be http://www.sar.org. I would highly recommend this website, as it was highly informative. I never realized that this organization even existed until I was given this penalty assignment. So therefore, I would like to thank the troublemakers in my class who made this assignment possible.
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THE LIBERTY BELL
The Liberty tree, what is it? Is it really a tree? Is it a document or something? Where was the first liberty tree? Are there still any standing? Were their any during the American Revolution? Well as I did the research on this subject these are the questions that pondered my mind. But first I had to look up liberty because I had no clue what it meant. It means freedom from external or foreign rule; independence. Now let’s see how that goes into the liberty tree
History if the Liberty Tree
The history of the liberty tree goes back to a time before the American Revolution.
Each of the thirteen colonies had its own tree. A strong tree the purpose of the tree was for a meeting place where they could secretly sew the seed of rebellion against the crown. These trees represented the colonies desire for the liberty tree and self rule. That’s why it is called the liberty. The first Liberty tree was in Boston. On August 14, 1765 there were two effigies suspended from an elm tree to show protest against the stamp act. The British cut down the mighty “Liberty Elm.” Because of what it represented after Boston forced the British out in 1775. The last standing liberty tree was in Maryland long after the Revolution. The free was used like its counterparts as a rallying point and sign of liberty that was so precious to our forefathers. Maryland’s liberty’s Tree was relocated on the campus of one of America’s finest schools, St. John’s College. It provided shade to many people, St. John’s college graduation was held under it each year. The liberty Tree had suffered a lot from mother nature as well as people. So in 1907, John Withers called into save the tree. His team of people cleaned out the core of the tree and replaced it with steel rods. And concrete inside the tree trunk. But not even the steel rods protect the tree from the damage of Hurricane Floyd. They decided that it would cost to much to repair the tree after the damage done to it. So they decided to take it down. On October twenty fifth of the year of 1999 the people held a ceremony. The Governor of Mary land and many people who went and worked at St. Johns attended this ceremony. People were placing flowers at the base of the tree knowing they would never see it or feel its shade again. It took four days and a fifty foot crane for the removing of this tree. The tree was put through a chipper and the pieces of trunk and large limbs were taken away. This was a sad and depressing time for many people them knowing that the tree that they knew for so long would no longer be there to provide it warmth and shade. Also the new graduates would not be able to go through the same wonderful ceremony as the former graduates. Now years later the liberty tree story is still loved and told all around the world.
THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION
The United States Constitution states rules and regulations a position can have in the constitution. Like all legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and the House of Representatives. The constitution also is the place where the Bill of Rights is. The Bill of Rights consist of twelve amendments that state all the rights each and every state has. The constitution consist of seven articles. Article one talks about the legislative branch’s power and where it stands in the constitution. It also states what can happen in the legislative branch, the Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided. No person shall be a representative, who shall not have attained to the age of twenty five years, and been seven years a citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of the state in which he shall be chosen. Article two talks about the executive branch’s power and where it stands in the constitution. The executive power shall be vested in a president of the United States of America. He shall hold his office during the term of four years, and together with the vice president, chosen for the same term, be elected, as follows: each state shall appoint, in such a manner as the legislature there of many direct, a number of electors, equal to the whole number of senators and representatives to which the state may be entitled in the congress. The congress may determine the time of choosing the electors, and the day on which they shall give their votes; which day shall be the same throughout the United States. No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this constitution, shall be eligible to thr office of president:neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States. The judicial power of the United States shall be vested in one supreme court, and in such inferior courts as the congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The judges, both supreme and inferior courts, shall hold their offices during good behavior, and shall at stated times, receive for their services a compensation, which shall not be gone during their continuance in office. In all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, and those in which a state shall be a party, the supreme court shall have original jurisdiction. In all the other cases before mentioned, the supreme court shall appellate jurisdiction, both as to law and fact, with such exceptions, and under such regulations as the congress shall make. The congress shall have power to declare punishment of treason, but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, forfeiture except during the life of the person attained. We wouldn’t be the country we are today without a constitution.
George Washington and The Revolutionary War..
The Revolutionary War is very important to history! The American Revolution ended two centuries of British rule for a lot of the North American colonies. It created the present United States of America. This part of the Revolutionary War was both bracing and destructive. In the beginning of the Revolutionary War, an event such as the drafting and ratification of the Constitution took place. Also, the rebellions of slaves. The Thirteen Colonies won independence in great struggle from Great Britain and became the United States. The thirteen colonies were known as New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. This was also known as the American War of Independence. On April 19, 1775 the “Shot heard round the world” fired at Lexington. This started the war for American Independence. On September 3, 1783 it finally ended with the Treaty of Paris, eight and a half years later. The leaders in the new country were those in either the council halls or in the areas of the Revolution. After the Constitution of the United States the first three presidents were George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. George Washington was born on Feb. 22 1732, in west more land County Va. He was the oldest son of Augustine Washington and his second wife Mary Ball Washington. He was married to a widow, Martha Dandridge Custis. George devoted himself to a busy and happy life. On Pope’s Creek along the Potomac River, George spent the early years on the family estate. His education included the study of such subjects as mathematics, surveying, the classics, and “rules of civility”. His interests were military arts and western expansion. In 1743, his father died. Afterwards, George W. went to live with his half brother Lawrence at Mount Vernon. Lawrence helped launch George’s career. George Washington took his oath as the first President of the United States on April 30, 1789. He was a lieutenant colonel in 1754. He fought in the French and Indian War. In 1759, the outbreak of the American Revolution came about. Washington managed his lands around Mount Vernon and served in the Virginia House of Burgesses. In Boston, on July 3 Washington took the next few months training the 14,000 army. He then fought in the American Revolution. By March 1797, Washington left office.
..That is information on the Revolutionary War and George Washington.
yeah, apparently mine isn’t showing up, so I’m going to print it instead.
OUTCOME OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR
THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR STARTED IN APRIL 1775 WHEN BRITISH TROOPS QUARTERED IN BOSTON ATTEMPTED TO SEIZE MUNITIONS STORED BY COLONIAL MILITIAS AT CONCORD MASSACHUSETTES. THE AMERICANS OF 1776 HAD THE HIGHEST STANDARD OF LIVING AND HE LOWEST TAXES IN THE WESTERN WORLD! THERE WERE MANY IMPORTANT OUTCOMES OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR. FIRST OFF, IT FOREVER CHANGED THE COURSE OF THE WESTERN CIVILIZATION. WITHOUT THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, THERE WOULD BE NO SUCH THING AS WHAT WE CALL TODAY “THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”. THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR LED TO THE CREATION OF THE U.S. ALSO BRITAIN SIGNED THE TREATY OF PARIS, BY WHICH IT RECOGNIZED THE INDEPENDENCE OF AMERICA. THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR CASUED 7,200 AMERICAN DEATHS AND 8,200 WOUNDED AMERICANS. 10,000 BRITISH DEAD. 14,000 AMERICANS MISSING. THE 13 BRITISH COLONIES THREW OFF ROYAL RULE. IN ITS PLACE, THEY ESTABLISHED GOVERNMENTS RULED BY LAW AND DEDICATED TO THE GURANTEE OF CERTAIN BASIC RIGHTS, INCLUDING LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. THOMAS PLAINE DECLARED THAT THE WAR “CONTRIBUTED MORE TO ENLIGHTEN THE WORLD, AND THAN ANY HUMAN EVENT … THAT EVER PROCEEDED IT” MANY SOLDIERS CAME OUT OF THIS WAR PENNILESS, WITH NOTHING AT ALL. THEY AND RECIEVED LITTLE OR NO PAY WHILE THEY SERVED. 7,000 LOYALISTS SET SAIL FROM NEW YORK FOR CANADA, BRINGING A TOTAL OF 100,000 LOYALISTS WHO HAVE NOW FLED TO AMERICA. AFTER THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, THE CONGRESS LEFT PHILEDELPHIA ADN RELOCATES TO PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY, TO AVOID PROTEST FROM ANGRY AND UNPAID WAR VETERANS. ON JULY 8, 1783, THE SUPREME COURT OF MASSACHUSETTS ABOLISHED SLAVERY IN THAT STATE. NEW SPAIN REMAINDED DISTANT AND NONTHREATENING. THE BRITISH FORCES EVACUATED NEW YORK AND BROOKLYN, THE LAST BRITISH TROOPS TO LEAVE THE COLONIES, IN APRIL 15, 1783. THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR SUCESSFULLY SUBDUED THE BELLIGERENT EUROPEAN POWERS ON THIS CONTINENT. FRANCE REGAINED NOTHING DESPITE HER CURCIAL ROLE. ENGLAND WAS DEFEATED AND WITHDREW TO CANADA WHERE MANY LOYALISTS EMIGRATED. THE OUTCOME OF HTE REVOLUTIONARY WAR BASICALLY SIGNIFIED FREEDOM THROUGHT THE WHOLE ENTIRE NATION. AS YOU CAN SEE THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR CHANGED THE WORLD IN MANY DIFFERNET WAYS. WITHOUT IT FREEDOM WOULD LIMITED TO THE UNITED STATES. AND MANY OTHER THINGS ALSO.
Mr.Moshe i am going to post my bibliography
but print my other stuff ok thanks here it is :
McLeod, John. “Rules of Card games: whist .” http://www.pagat.com/whist/whist.html. 13/july/2006. 21 Jan 2007 .
Mr. Moshe, Im going to just print it, but im leaving my bibliography up here, im NOT prining my bibliography out, it is capable of being seen on here but not my 500 words. Sorry.
It says it again, does anyone see it? Oh well, Im just going to go print it. 🙁
hey mr.moshe sorry for changing my subject thingy sooo much but i think i found what i want to do…
card game, whist
NEVER MiND… i GOT SONGS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTiON
i GOT LiBERTY TREE!!!!!!!
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Year of publication:1997
Title of web page: 1. http://www.worldatlas.com
January 20, 2007
The exact date of discovery of the archipelago is unknown. The Azores, which are widely spread through its region, are 972 miles, and are located directly west of Lisbon, Portugal, and nine islands (all volcanic in origin). In the mid-15th century, the Azores were taken over by the Portuguese, and since then, their strategic position near the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is their most valuable asset. Even though the Azores were populated in the 15th century by pioneers from Portugal, small groups of Flemings settled on some of the islands. During the era of the 16th and 17th centuries, the Azores archipelago was probably the most considerable of the centers of trade between Europe America and India. Today, the Azores are essential in the mid-ocean. There in the mid-ocean, it has many purposes. Some of which are: refueling and pit-stop for commercial airlines, cruise ships, international shipping, and private yachts. Beginning in 1943, the Azores was an autonomous region of Portugal. The Administrative Capital of the Azores is Ponta Delgada. Portuguese is the only known official language in the region. Deep sea fishing, local cheeses, red and white wine production, and many varieties of tropical fruit are starting to raise in popularity for tourist attraction destinations. The official currency in the islands is Euro. The national religion is Catholic, and other. There also is a 242,000 total population. Most of the dominion is forested and includes volcanoes (one which is the highest point in the Azores, Pico Volcano, at 2,351 m).
In the waters of the Azores, various paramount skirmishes were fought. In the next following years to come, the Azores were more peaceful. The Azores, led by Terceira, were returning to the pages of history by being involved in the struggles with the absolutist forces. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the archipelago, or the Azores, were now introduced to newly found crops, the development of industries, and progress made with stock-breeding and fisheries. In the last few years, the Azores have been a beholder of slow-paced improvement in the areas of economic and social well-being of the population. Emigrants (predominantly all from North America) contribute the most to the improvement of inflow of the capital donation. The annual leasing of the Lajes Air Field to the United States also plays a key role.
In the Azores the few churches and buildings in which Gothic elements are present stem from the initial settlement period. The 16th and 17th centuries correspond to a golden age, with good examples of religious and civil art and architecture of the Renaissance and Baroque. The following centuries also left an important artistic legacy. The ties with Flanders in the 16th and 17th centuries provided the Azores with an important legacy of Flemish sculptures. Museums in Ponta Delgada (Sao Miguel), Angra do Heroismo (Terceira) and Horta (Faial). The art and ethnographic museums and the popular architecture of each island give credence to the cultural heritage of the region and allow us to delve deeper into the history and life of Azoreans over the centuries.
The Card Game, Whist
Whist is a card game that was played a lot during the 18th and 19th century, mostly in Britain. There are many other types of this game played in other states/countries. For example, the older version of whist, “Ruff and Honours.” Played in the 21st century, “bridge” which was the most popular card game among serious card players.
Whist continues to be played in Britain, often in local tournaments called “whist drives.” There are about twelve various types of this game, played in different states and in different ways; The children version “Knockout whist” which if a player who wins, no tricks are eliminated from play. “Solo whist” which is played in Britain and the players can bid to gain 5,9, or 13 tricks or lose all of them. “Sui and whist” which are played in Belgium are slightly similar to the solo whist. Another is played in the U.S. involving partnership “Bid whist.” Another version is Norwegian. Other types of whist are played in Minnesota, Rome, Israel, and Germany.
In some countries, most of these games revolve around bidding. Whist would most likely be compared to poker, but they are not exactly the same. The classic game of whist is a trick game without bidding for 4 players in arranged partnerships. Although the rules are very simple there is enormous scope(opportunity) for scientific play, and in its previous years a large amount of literature about how to play was written. It was very popular back then.
In the classic game of whist, there are four players, and partners sit facing one another. The game is played clockwise. In the game, two packs of 52 cards are used. The cards in each suit rank from highest to lowest: A K Q J 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2. When dealing, the cards are shuffled by the player to the dealer’s left and cut (divided) by the player to dealer’s right. The dealer deals out all the cards one at a time so that each player has thirteen total. The final card, which will belong to the dealer, is turned face up to indicate which suit is trumps. The turned trump remains face up on the table until it is the dealer’s turn to play to the first trick.
It is traditional to use two packs of cards. During each deal, the dealer’s partner shuffles the other pack and places it to the right. The dealer for the next hand then simply needs to pick up the cards from the left and pass them across to the right to be cut. Given, all the players understand and operate it, this procedure saves time and helps to keep track of whose turn it is to deal, while the spare pack of cards is always kept to the left of the next dealer.
The player to the dealer’s left leads to the first trick. Any card may be used. The other players, in clockwise order, play a card to the trick. Players must follow suit (copy) by playing a card of the same suit as the card led if they can; a player with no card of the suit led may play any card. The trick is won by the highest trump in it- or if doesn’t contain a trump, by the highest card of the suit led. The winner of a trick leads to the next.
When scoring, when all 13 tricks have been played, the team which won more tricks scores 1 point for each trick they won in limits of 6. The partnership which first reaches 5 points wins the game. This will usually take several deals. The number of points required for a game varies. In America a target of 7 was mostly used. In Britain the game was 5 points up, but it was common to play a rubber which was the best of three games- that is, the winners were the first side to win two games. There was also “Long Whist” in which the game was 9 points.
When playing a tournament, it is awkward to have people at different tables play different numbers of deals before moving. As a result, it was usual to play a fixed number of deals, rather than an actual game. Each player’s score is the total number of odd tricks (tricks above six) that their side has taken over the deals played. These rules are used in most of the tournaments.
McLeod, John. “Whist.” 13th July 2006. 21 Jan 2007 .
Okay thanks, it still says that, so what I will do is check a litle later, and see if its there. Moo! ^_^
Ashlyn, I don’t see your report. The only thing that I see is the bibliography.
It says it again! 🙁 Lol. Okay, if people including you can see it Mr.Moshe, then just let me know by posting, if it is not visable, then I will print it out and bring it in on monoday.
So does anyone see it?
Im not sure if this post went through or not, it did not appear on my compute so im unaware of the situation.
Songs Of The American Revolution
Songs tell us about our history. Songs also give us a new way of looking at our history. Some songs can give us a whole different perspective of the way we look at them. American Music comes from all over the world. When immigrants came, the immigrants had brought their music with them, which is just one way, of how Americas finds them out. Some songs of the Revolution expressed faith, religion, and freedom based on the songs.
Their are many songs that are influeneced from the American Revolution. These are some examples of songs, and their authors:
Yankee Doodle. We all know this song right? Good. Yankee Doodle is a song, whose author is known as Richard Shuckburg. Richard Shuckburg was a British man. This song was made to make fun of the colonists! In 1781, Americans loved the song and made a dance to it, that was very unfortunate for Richard.
“He Stuck a feather in his hat, and called it Macaroni!” When he wrote these lyrics to the song, they meant that the Americans were stupid, and thought that the feather, was macaroni! “Macaroni,” in this song, does not mean the food we eat. “Macaroni,” was actually a hairstyle from England.
“The Liberty Song.” The Liberty Song, was a song about a tree, in which, Patriots met around to talk about important things in the colonies. Women showed support for the Patriots, by wearing a hat, and curled thirteen strands of their hair, which was placed under their hats. By doing that, they repersented the thirteen colonies. The Liberty Song was written by John Dickinson.
Joseph Warren wrote a song known as “Free Americay.” This song was sung to the tune of “The British Grenadiers.”
Peter St. John was the author of the song, “America Taxation.” Peter St. John was a school teacher. Peter had written this song due to the Stamp Act. Peter thought the Stamp Act was an “unconstitiounal attempt upon their liberties.”
“Cornwallis Country Dance” was to the tune of “Yankee Doodle.” The author of this song is anonymous.
“Granny Wales” is a song that had showed that the British did not like the raising of the taxes in the colonies at all. They did not like the fact that their taxes were raised, because, they thought they would lose their investments in the colonies.
Those were just a few American Revoultion based songs. After immigrants have come to America, along with their music, that ame with them,Music had changed, because American people, had a whole new way at looking at things. Some American Revolution songs, had become a new way of communicating ideas as well. Some songs written by people are a way at remembering stories and enjoying themselves.
Joe Barlow, an American Poet, and Diplomat at the start of the American Revoultuionary War, once said, ” One good song is worth a dozen adresses and proclomations.” Joe Barlow is known as an encouraging voice due to the quote above.
Some authors are known as “Voices of the American Revolution.” After dealing with the civil war, taxes, and about almost everything having to do with the American Revolution, had been inspired themselves, to write their poems, songs, and stories, of real life experiences, they went through during times of the American Revolution.
Songs of the Revolutioin were extremely important to the listeners. Listeners of some famous American Songs, such as “Yankee Doodle,” made up fun dances to the songs as well. Creating dances to some of the songs were extremely fun and inspiring making the songs better.
“Gary Blackwood was born October 23rd, 1945.”(Gale) Brought up in pastoral Meadville, Pennsylvania, Gary Blackwood had made a deal with his mother when he was very young. He stated: “I’d give up sucking my thumb if she bought me a series of Gene Autry comics I’d seen advertised on the back of a cereal box”(Wolfe), since he was very interested in books. “In his lifetime, he had gone to a one-room school house.”(Blackwood) This one-room school house was one of the last ones standing and its library contained only one undersized bookshelf making the books in it very cherished.
As a teenager, Gary Blackwood withdrew his work and stories to magazines in hope for his big break. Finally, after much hope and a long wait, at age sixteen he had obtained a reply from an editor, which encouraged him immensely. Three years after, he had sold his first narrative. After submitting and making profit from magazines for his stories, he now has books for young adult and pre-teen readers along with plays acted out in universities. Added on to that fact, he has taught children how to write effectively for plays and stories.
Some of his books include Wild Timothy for ages nine through twelve, The Year of The Hangman for ages twelve and up, Moonshine for pre-teens, and The Shakespeare Stealer recommended for ages nine through fourteen. He has acquired awards for books he created such as The Dying Sun. “This award was granted by Friends of American Best YA Novel.”(Wolfe) He had, on top of that, won first place for “Attack of The mushroom people” at Ozark creative writer’s conference and first place from Missouri Scriptworks for Dark Horse. In 1998, he obtained the award of best book for young adults granted by the American Library Association for his novel, The Shakespeare Stealer.
One of his books, The Shakespeare Stealer, takes place in England back in the 16th century. It is about an orphan named Widge who is hired by a playwriting company and has to use shorthand (handwriting with symbols that are used in place of write words) to write the play Hamlet. Another of his books, the sequel to The Shakespeare Stealer, Shakespeare Scribe, is about an outbreak of disease spreading through London and the Globe Theater coming to an end. Widge has to travel elsewhere to perform. Moonshine, another novel of Blackwood’s is about a boy named Thad McCune who lives in a low class area, in a time of depression and hardships. A light bulb hovers over his head, as he gets a wild idea. Unfortunately, along with that money-making idea is consequences. It is illegal. He runs an unlawful liquor business for a one-armed veteran. The Year of The Hangman is answers the question: “What if America lost the American Revolution” (Blackwood), through his perspective. Wild Timothy is about a Teenager at the beginning of his teen years named Timothy Martin whose life is a mixing pot full of television, books, and movies. When he comes across having to handle life in the woods, he is lost and has no clue what to do to survive. Beyond the Door is about a kid named Scott who walks through a door in a study-room to find an ancient world. All these books are from Gary Blackwood!!
Presently, his wife’s name is Jean and he has a daughter. “They live close by Cartage Missouri which is rural.” (Blackwood)
1.Blackwood, Gary. “Gary Blackwoods Webpage.” Gary Blackwoods Webpage(Profile & books available). doesn’t say last revision. Missouri Writes for kids. 20 Jan 2007 .
2. Edgar, Wolfe. “Edgar Wolfe Literary Award.” Gary L. Blackwood. 21 Feb 2003. The Friends of the Library in KCK. 20 Jan 2007 .
3. Gregg, Davis. “Hillcrest Middle School Online.” Author Gary Blackwood to Visit HMS. 7 Oct 2004. HMS Web Publishing Classes . 20 Jan 2007 .
4.Thomson, Gale. “BookRags.” About the author. 2005-2006. Beacham’s Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham’s Guide to Literature for Young Adults. 20 Jan 2007 .
NVMD i choose thomas jefferson and the revolutionary war