Cocked & Loaded, Shootin’ Stars, & Blasting Giveaway Hop
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July 5th – 11th
Hello Everyone! Are you are ready to celebrate Independence? Well Nikki, Ronda, and a host of wonderful Co-sponsors are celebrating big. Yes, we are Cocked & Loaded with some amazingly great books, Shootin’ Stars with the Authors & Bloggers, and Blasting a Giveaway with TWO (2) KINDLE FIRES loaded with the Co-Sponsored Authors’ book (s).
Cool Right! Not only that, at each stop on the hop you have more chances to win more great prizes. So join in and let’s have some fun! Here’s my post now…
We’ve Come A Long Way, Baby!
I used to teach elementary school, every grade but Kindergarten. My favorite grade was fourth for one simple reason. I got to teach American History. For me teaching was all about the experience, so we didn’t just learn about the birth of our nation, we LIVED it.
To begin, I divided the class into Patriots and Loyalists. I was the governor appointed by the King and wrote many ridiculous laws that pissed off my constituents. Laws such as a pencil sharpening tax, a snack tax, a paper tax. Some I had to repeal. But I refused to repeal the chair stacking tax. Students had to pay a tax to get their chairs in the morning.
Well, there was outrage and a boycott. (Think Boston Tea Party, although I hadn’t taught them about this yet.) Imagine this, if you will… Students refusing to take chairs and sitting on the floor all day. Some students spying on each other and telling me their plans. Some others “borrow” some “money” to pay their taxes. Still other students meeting secretly in corners of the room, writing a letter to the king complaining about how unfair the laws are and they are done with England. YES! Success!
They wrote their own Declaration of Independence! And THAT’S when I taught them about the American Revolution.
My students could really appreciate what our Founding Fathers and colonists risked to break away from England and form their own country. They marveled at the rag tag army Washington led and enjoyed learning how the Constitution came to be written and what it contained.
At one point, they became Congress and learned how a bill became a law, creating their own and putting it through the process.
So, Happy Birthday, America! We’ve come a long way, baby!
In honor of our country’s birth, I’m giving away a signed paperback copy of Picture Perfect to one lucky person who:
1. subscribes to my website here and…
2. leaves me a comment here telling us what you do on Independence Day.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL!