Monday, May 12, 2014

"Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom..." ~Patricia Sampson


Battle of Fort Carillon, also known as the Battle of Ticonderoga
On July 8, 1758, the Battle of Carillon, also known as the Battle of Ticonderoga was fought near Fort Carillon on the shore of Lake Champlain. In the battle, which took place primarily on a rise about three-quarters of a mile from the fort itself, a French army of about 4,000 men under General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm and the Chevalier de Levis decisively defeated an overwhelmingly numerically superior force of British troops under General James Abercrombie, which frontally assaulted an entrenched French position without using field artillery. The battle was the bloodiest of the war, with over 2,500 casualties suffered, of which over 2,000 were British soldiers. 

Answer these questions about the Battle of Ticonderoga  and write a summary of the article. (Remember who, what, when, where, how, and why) NEAT AND COMPLETE!

Battle of Louisbourg, July 26, 1758 

The Siege of Louisbourg was a pivotal battle of the French and Indian War in 1758 and led directly to the loss of Quebec in 1759 and the remainder of French North America the following year. The British government realized that with the Fortress of Louisbourg under French control, there was no way that the Royal Navy could sail down the St. Lawrence River for an attack on Quebec. An Expedition against Louisbourg in 1757 led by Lord Loudon failed due to a strong French naval deployment.

The Battle of the Plains of Abraham
The Battle of the Plains of Abraham, also known as the Battle of Quebec, was another pivotal battle in the French and Indian War. The culmination of a three-month siege by the British, the battle lasted less than an hour. British troops commanded by General James Wolfe successfully resisted the column advance of French troops and Quebec military under Louis-Joseph, Marquis de Montcalm, using new tactics that proved extremely effective against standard military formations used in most large European conflicts. Both generals were mortally wounded during the battle. Wolfe died on the field within minutes of engagement and Montcalm died the next morning.

The French forces continued to fight and prevailed in several battles after Quebec was captured, but the British did not relinquish their hold on the fortress. It was the beginning of 250 years of occupation. 

British Invasion of Quebec—1759

The conquest of Quebec is more than just a single battle; it is the result of a long siege that lasts from June 26th to the 18th of September, 1759. During this interminable confrontation, Montcalm adopts a purely defensive strategy and chooses to take no initiative against the enemy. Wolfe attempts twice to take the city before September, but his troops are defeated and repelled on both occasions. Despite these failures, the English surround the city with their boats and bombard it day and night for weeks, reducing the once proud capital of New France to a desolate pile of smoking ruins. We estimate that about 15,000 bombs were thrown on Quebec that summer, and the fate of the surrounding villages is also far from lenient. Farms are pillaged and burnt, villages are ravaged and the inhabitants who did not join the militia (women, children, the elderly, and priests for the most part) are incarcerated in prisoner camps. The inhabitants are the ones who suffer the most from the British invasion. 

This is amazing. So much to learn...
I hope you have a chance to watch and enjoy these videos...
NOTE: Scripts are from YouTube also, so that the words and the videos matched.


Monday:  Pages 143-144
Tuesday:  Pages 145-146
Wednesday:  Guidance
Thursday:  Pages 147-148
Friday:  Pages 149-150

Monday:  Write Source Tests
Tuesday:  Finish Write Source Tests.  Then:  Grade 6 writes letter of introduction to Middle School. Grade 5 continues work (from yesterday) on Poetry Analysis/Poems for book.
Wednesday: Status update -- what is left to do on Poetry books? Hand out work for final drafts.  NOTE:  Last in-class day to work on poetry.
Thursday: Begin Documenting Democracy mini-unit  Watch video: Shh! We're Writing the Constitution! by Jean Fritz.   Answer these questions. (Also on handout.)
Friday:  Continue work on questions.
Essay Questions:
  • If we did not have a set of rules or guidelines for the people of our country to follow, what would  people do to maintain order?
  • What problems do you think would arise if our country had no rules?

Monday:  No class
Tuesday:  Watch the short video about the battle of Ticonderoga on my blog.  Then silently read the first short article and follow directions for answering questions.  Read the second (short) article and write a summary of the battle.
Wednesday: Same as above for grade 5.
Thursday: Finish watching movies on this week's blog and complete activity.
Friday:  Same as above for grade 5.