The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Five – Current Event

In Chapter 5 of The Prince and the Pauper, “Edward’s” behavior is very concerning to Henry VIII and other individuals within the palace. Why can he all of a sudden no longer remember details about his life?! Today our current event blog explores…


In the chapter, Henry and other members of his staff test “Edward” (actually Tom) to see what he can and cannot remember. He’s able to remember Latin and who his father is, yet he is unable to remember French and other details about his life. Why could this be? Henry comes to the conclusion that it is due to overstudying, and that “Edward” needs to take a break from school in order to destress and regain his memory. Obviously we as readers know that it is not actually Edward experiencing memory loss, but actually an entirely different person. But this still led me to a few questions: What causes sudden memory loss? Are there real-life examples of people who have experienced this sensation? Would a scenario like this be possible in real life? Keep reading or watch the video below to see what I found out.

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Five – Historical Tidbit

In Chapter 5 of The Prince and the Pauper, we are introduced to a character who Henry VIII absolutely loathes. However, Mark Twain gives the readers little to no background information on him. Today we explore the man whose death was Henry VIII’s dying wish…

The Duke of Norfolk

Was the Duke of Norfolk really a real historical figure? Was he actually placed in the tower? Was Henry VIII actually obsessed with having him killed? Watch the video for more information.

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Five – Vocabulary

If you ever get the opportunity to meet someone royal in person, it’s probably pretty important to know how to speak to them. Both past and present royals have specific titles that you are required to address them by. Today for our Chapter 5 vocab words, we are examining…

lord, master, highness, grace, liege, worship, majesty

Depending on your familiarity with the language used with royals, you may or may not have already known that all of these words can be used as titles to address kings, queens, princes, and princesses. Throughout The Prince and the Pauper, we see these terms frequently used in different ways. But they essentially all mean the same thing. Read the blog or watch the video for more info!

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Four – Fun Fact

Have you ever had an encounter with someone and they were so unbelievably rude to you that after you walked away from the interaction you couldn’t stop thinking about it? Were you able to take a step back and think about the fact that maybe they just didn’t know any better? Or did you just automatically assume the worst about them? Most would have a hard time not being upset and angry, but Edward shows us a great example of how to act instead in Chapter 4. Today we’re exploring…

Gaining Empathy through Learning

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Four – Historical Tidbit

At the start of Chapter 4 in The Prince and the Pauper, Edward is wearing Tom’s clothes wandering around London. He has been chased out of the palace by the guards and spectators. When he finally loses the crowd, he finds himself in a familiar area. Today’s Historical Tidbit is…

Greyfriars Christ Church

Edward thinks because his father created this orphanage for these boys, they would show him kindness and would help him get back home. But he was sorely mistaken. The boys make fun of him and abuse him. But how much of the backstory of Greyfriars Christ Church is historically accurate?

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Four – Vocabulary

What word comes to mind when you think of a scientist or a hatter? What does someone mean when they say someone has a few screws loose? Or that someone has gone bananas? Our Prince and the Pauper Chapter 4 vocab word focus for this week is…


The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Three – Historical Tidbit

At the start of Chapter 3 in The Prince and the Pauper, Tom Canty is wandering aimlessly around the streets of London. Along the way, there are a number of different historical sites that are mentioned. Were these places named and described actually around in Tudor times, and are they still around today? In today’s post we explore…

Tudor London vs. Modern-Day London

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Three – Fun Fact

Chapter 3 is a big chapter for both Tom and Edward, as they meet in person for the first time. When they switch outfits for fun and look in the mirror, they come to the realization that they look incredibly similar. Though this feels like an entirely unrealistic portion of the story, this phenomenon is not merely fictional. There are many true stories of people who have had a similar experience. Today we are exploring…DOPPELGANGERS

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Three – Vocabulary

When someone is trying to sound fancy or old-fashioned, what words do they choose to use? When imitating (or for some people, mocking) Shakespeare, what words do people choose to include? It is likely that today’s vocabulary words would be included in those examples. Today we’re going to change things up a bit and instead of focusing on one vocabulary word, we’re focusing on a set of words that are all related. Today’s vocab words are…


You might easily be able to see the connection between most of these words (except for one that tends to stand out), but really they all have one important similarity. YOU! Watch the video to dive into today’s vocabulary words.

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Two – Historical Tidbit

The Tower of London has a dark history that includes housing some of the most famous prisoners in England’s past. Though it is only brought up once in Chapter 2, it is important to England’s past and present, including in The Prince and the Pauper. Check out the post to know more.