The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Twelve – Vocabulary

Were you born into a situation where you were expected to behave a certain way just because of who your family was? Many of us have the opportunity to form our own reputations throughout our lives, rather than having one thrust upon us when we were born. This is not, and has never been, the case for royals. Today our vocab word for The Prince and the Pauper Chapter 12 is…DIGNITY

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Eleven – Current Event

Royals, especially in the time of King Henry VIII (and Edward VI), had seemingly unlimited power. They were able to make decisions without consulting anyone else if they wanted. But do any of these privileges translate to modern-day? Today we explore a power that both ancient kings and modern-day presidents (at least in the United States) have in common…PRESIDENTIAL PARDONS

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Eleven – Historical Tidbit

Chapter 11 of The Prince and the Pauper contains a very brief reference to two giants watching over a feast. It’s a brief reference, and was something that I didn’t understand the first few times I read it. Finally I decided to look into it. Today’s Historical Tidbit focuses on….GOG AND MAGOG

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Ten – Fun Fact

Why do we move our hand when we touch a hot stove? Why do we throw up our hand when something is thrown in our direction? The Fun Fact that we explore for The Prince and the Pauper Chapter 10 focuses on…REFLEXES

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Ten – Historical Tidbit

Chapter 10 of The Prince and the Pauper contains a reference that has been fairly foreign to any of my students who have encountered it. It is a plot device used to allow Edward to escape from John Canty. Though Mark Twain explains it in more detail than most of his historical references, it can still leave people somewhat confused as to what he is talking about. Today’s Historical Tidbit focuses on….LOVING CUPS

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Ten – Vocabulary

Throughout The Prince and the Pauper, both Tom and Edward find themselves on literal and figurative journeys to get back to their old lives. So naturally, certain words that are synonymous with “path”, “track” and “journey” come up many times throughout the story. Today our vocab word for The Prince and the Pauper Chapter 10 is…COURSE

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Nine – Fun Fact

Wearing real animal fur is definitely a controversial topic. Personally, as someone who lives in an area with cold winters, I have never felt the need to wear fur. There are plenty of other warm fabrics that can be worn instead. But there is one group of people who historically have not shied away from wearing fur, and one type of fur in particular The Fun Fact that we explore for The Prince and the Pauper Chapter 9 is…ERMINE

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Nine – Historical Tidbit

If you were to represent The Prince and the Pauper using a pie chart based on the topics discussed by Mark Twain, descriptions of clothing would take up a large portion of that chart. If you did the same thing for Chapter 9, it would take up the large majority. Mark Twain looooves describing what people are wearing. So for that reason, our Historical Tidbit for today is, of course….TUDOR FASHION

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Nine – Vocabulary

Have you ever used a phrase like “the vast majority” or have heard something like “In a vast desert like the Sahara…” Sometimes we start using these common phrases, without necessarily thinking about what the individual words mean. Let’s break it down! Today our vocab word for The Prince and the Pauper Chapter 9 is…

VAST

Mark Twain’s wonderful descriptive skills often create a picture in the reader’s mind of a number of different scenes from Tudor England. When describing facades, crowds, banquet halls, and other items related to royal life at the time, there is often no better way to describe them but “vast”. Keep reading or watch the video below to dive into this word.