Medieval Murder Mystery

Hey Kids!

I thought you might be interested in this news story about the supposed burial site of King Richard III.   I found it today on the Yahoo news page.  The article is interesting for us for four reasons:

  1. it involves a Medieval king, Richard III,
  2. who was the subject of one of Shakespeare‘s history plays,
  3. as well as the modern novel, Sent, by Margaret Peterson Haddix.

The 7th and 8th graders began Haddix’s series The Missing last summer by reading Found.    Quite a few continued with Sent.

Book 2 of The Missing series

Book 2 of The Missing series

The fourth reason the article is interesting is because it contains a grammatical error, specifically a spelling error.  Can you find it?

This year I am planning a bulletin board called The Grammar Slammer.  Here, we will confine grammatical errors until such time as the class can bail them out.  Be on the lookout for any grammatical errors on public display.  We will put them in the Grammar Slammer, and as the arresting officer, you will earn extra credit.

Why do you think more grammatical errors are being found on public display nowadays than in the past?

What do you think of the article?  Would you ever like to be an archeologist?


Visiting Author

Hey Kids,

I want to let everyone know that we are planning a visit from author Liz Lantigua on September 20th.  Ms. Lantigua wrote the book, Mission LibertadIt is a story about a family who emigrates from Cuba to the United States in the 1970s.  Fr. John was instrumental in arranging Ms. Lantigua’s visit.

If you haven’t read your two books of choice yet for your summer reading, you may want to read Mission Libertad so that we can have a better conversation with the author when she arrives.  If you have already read your two books, then you could choose Mission Libertad for your first book report if you wish.


Mission Libertad by Liz Lantigua

Mission Libertad
by Liz Lantigua

I hope everyone is having a great summer.  I am continuing to enjoy reading and commenting on your blogs.  Keep up the great work and keep the postcards coming!

With what other authors have you had contact?  Let’s make a class list.

Happy Summer!

Mrs. Donofrio