Saturday, November 15, 2008

Ben Mikaelsen Author Visit

Wow, what a day we had yesterday. Ben Mikaelsen spent the day at our school and spoke with the 6th grade class. He was fantastic and the kids were hanging on his every word. If you ever get a chance to have him visit your school, jump on it. I wish we had more time as the kids actually moaned when he said his talk was ending. He challenged the kids to stand up to bullies and to be special.

Today's booktalk is for Fiona Macdonald's How to be a Roman soldier. Our 6th graders are studying ancient Rome now and many of them are fascinated about the soldiers. This book is perfect for them.

OK, if you can tell the difference between a standard-bearer and a legionary centurion, then you may well be on your way to becoming a Roman soldier. If not, perhaps this book will help you. You find out what type of training you'll need and what is expected of you. Do you know you have to buy your own weapons? What else is involved?

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