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This Week: The Emperor's Silent Army

posted Jan 12, 2015, 12:55 AM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Jan 12, 2015, 12:56 AM ]
This month, the Grade 6 class will continue to delve into ancient world history. We will touch on Ancient China and Greece, and in coming months we will look at Ancient Greece and Rome. The students will begin their website projects in February which will also be about ancient civilizations.

This week, we are reading The Emperor's Silent Army. This selection is about the famous Terracotta Soldiers that were buried with Emperor Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of a unified China. The Terracotta soldiers are one of history's most interesting mysteries. While archaeologists believe the army was meant to protect the Emperor in the afterlife, the elaborate detail and craftsmanship put into each statue makes us wonder if they were not something more. We will be discussing this and more as we cover the text on Thursday.

Did you know that Qin Shihunag's tomb is one of the great archaeological mysteries of today? While the location of the tomb has been found, no one is believed to have entered it since the emperor was buried. There are legends that tell of the magnificence of what's inside the tomb, but no one has been inside to confirm them.

Also this week will be vocabulary, writing, grammar, and spelling practice. A spelling test will be given on Friday. Please remind your child to study. Below are the vocabulary and spelling words for this week as well as some grammar practice on the handout for this week.

The Emperor's Silent Army.docx