Coming Soon- With Clive In India Report

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Stay tuned for a report on G.A. Henty’s With Clive In India. I also have some history reports coming up. Hope you are having a great week!

-The Green Mountain Girl

Success Principles

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Assignment: Write down three areas in your life where you had had some degree of success. Has your experience coincided with my theory of success? If not, in what ways has your experience been different? If your experience has illustrated my principles, explain how. Length: 150 words.

The Six Rules Of Success are:

  1. Do what you say you will do.
  2. Do it on time.
  3. Do it at the price you agreed to.
  4. Decide what you want to achieve.
  5. Decide when you want to achieve it.
  6. Decide what you are willing to pay.

Theater is one area in which I have had success. I have participated in multiple productions, and have done very well. I suppose that in some ways my experience with theatre has coincided with instructor Gary North’s theory.

  1. This rule certainly applies. I made a commitment when I auditioned for the play (should I be chosen).
  2. Again, this rule applies. I had to be on time for all of my rehearsals and events involving the play, and I had to be on time for the actual play itself.
  3. I agreed to put my time and energy into the productions, as well as an actor’s fee.
  4. I wanted to try something new, learn about theatre, be in a group production, and have a fun time in the process. All of this was achieved. I also gained confidence by trying things that I have not had experience with.
  5. I became interested in theatre after seeing a local play done by homeschoolers, and after that I knew that I wanted to try theatre, so I auditioned for a local play as soon as I could.
  6. A lot of time, energy, and work, as well as the actor’s fee, went into this play, but it was well worth it. I made some great memories and had a wonderful experience.

This is a small example of an area in my life where I have had success. I think that these six rules of success could also apply to many other things, such as school, for example. Thank you for reading.

Academic Boot Camp Success Principles

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The Mexican-American War

The Mexican-American War resulted from Mexican resentment of the United States annexation of the state of Texas, as well as a dispute concerning borders. It took place mainly in central and northeastern Mexico, and resulted in victory for the U.S. Mexico was forced to give up its northern and western provinces, which make up a large portion of the western U.S. today. This war took place between 1846 and 1848.

After the Texas Revolution, there had been much dispute over the borders of the Republic of Texas, as it was then called. Mexico refused to acknowledge the new Republic, but could not take any military action against it as the United States, Great Britain, and France gave it recognition. For nine years after gaining its independence, the Republic of Texas wanted to join the U.S. However, the Mexican government implied that there would be war should Texas be annexed. Then there was the issue of free states and slave states and which Texas would become should it join the country.

Texas was officially admitted as a state on December 29, 1845. President James K. Polk, the president of the U.S. at this time, wanted to expand the U.S. even further, and tried to buy land from the Mexican government. His request was refused, but the president went ahead and placed some troops on what had previously been regarded as Mexican land. This action sparked war.

On April 25 1846 a band of Mexican calvary attacked troops under General Zachary Taylor. This is what Polk had been waiting for. He urged Congress to declare war on Mexico, and it happened.

The battle of Buena Vista was the biggest battle in the war, and was fought in February 1847. General Taylor won a stunning victory there, as his 4,000 men were up against 20,000 Mexicans. In the west General Stephen Kearney was dispatched west to capture Santa Fe, California. Meantime, U.S. naval forces fought to drive away Mexicans from the Californian Coast. In September 1847 U.S. General Winfield Scott led 12,000 American troops to capture the gates of Mexico city. After this the fighting was effectively over.

The war officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, on February 2, 1848. As a result of the war the U.S. had gained the states of California, Nevada, and Utah as well as parts of Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Arizona. Mexico renounced all claims to Texas. Because of this war the United States was greatly expanded.

8th Grade History Lesson 58

The Real Neat Blog Award (Thanks Colton)!

Thank you Colton, for nominating me for the Real Neat Blog Award again.

Rules: Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you Answer their questions Nominate four bloggers who deserve the award Create ten original questions for them to answer Let them know they’ve been nominated


  1. What is your favorite sport? I don’t really do any sports at the moment, but I am doing martial arts.
  2. How tall are you? About 5’5” I am growing all the time.
  3. What is your favorite hobby? I do not have a favorite.
  4. Do you follow any strange blogs? No.
  5. Are you left handed? I write with my left hand when I don’t want anyone to read what I’m writing.
  6. What OS do you use? OS X El Capitan.
  7. What day does the garbage truck come? It doesn’t. We take it to the local transfer station.
  8. What is the outside temp right now? 20s.
  9. Have you ever eaten raw meat? If you consider eggs to be meat, then yes, I have.
  10. Are these questions lame? They’re okay. Blogs I nominate: Esther’s Nook My Bugle Notes Colton’s RPC

Questions for my Nominees:

  1. What is your favorite dessert?
  2. Do you like dancing?
  3. Which do you prefer; watermelons or cantaloupes?
  4. Can you say,”She sells sea shells,” four times in a row in 10 seconds?
  5. Can you say,”She sells sea shells,”four times in 10 seconds with your mouth full of marshmallows?
  6. Can you sing upside down while hanging from a tree?
  7. Do you like doing math?
  8. What is the coldest month where you live? How cold does it get?
  9. Do you like to draw?
  10. Are these questions wacko or what?

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea-Full Report

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I have written a report on this book before, as well as an outline and a mind map.  This version is a more detailed, revised edition.    

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was written in 1870 by Jules Verne.  The genre of this book is science fiction, and Jules Verne is known as one of the fathers of this genre.

This creative story follows the adventures of marine biologist Professor Aronnax, who is accompanied by his faithful servant and companion, Counseil.  Professor Aronnax is the first person voice in this tale, and it is told from a detailed perspective.  The reader can tell that he is well educated and intelligent from the way he tells the story.

The story starts off with tales of a legendary monster out at sea, destroying ships.  People are skeptical as to whether this monster is real, and so an expedition is set up by the American government, to go and solve the mystery of this underwater beast, and to destroy it.

The Abraham Lincoln is a fast frigate chosen for the job.  Professor Aronnax,  with his good reputation, is invited by the U.S. secretary of the Navy to come on the hunt for this plague of the seas.  Aronnax accepts, and sets off on this ship with his loyal servant, Counseil.  On the ship Professor Aronnax  is befriended by  harpooner Ned Land, who has great skill in harpooning and great strength.

Ned Land is somewhat rough around the edges, and not so well mannered as Professor Aronnax and Counseil.  He can be hot tempered, and this shows later on in the book.

For a long time the expedition is fruitless, and the crew is about ready to give up hope and turn around.  At the last minute the monster is spotted, beginning a great chase to catch the beast.  All onboard the ship are amazed at the incredible speed of this unknown creature. Ned Land tries to harpoon the beast but is unsuccessful.  The beast collides with the ship, and Professor Aronnax is thrown overboard.  At this time Counseil’s loyalty to his master is displayed, when he jumps into the ocean to save the Professor.

Counseil and Professor Aronnax swim for quite a while, until they come to a strange island, where they find Ned Land who had also fallen off the ship. The island, however, is anything but, as they soon see. It is covered in metal plates, and has a cigar shape. It is an amazing piece of machinery, a giant and futuristic submarine called the Nautilus as the trio soon finds out.

They are forced to go inside the submarine by a crew of strange men, who speak in a language foreign to anything the Professor has ever heard. Professor Aronnax tries to explain in multiple languages their situation to the crew and their mysterious captain, but they do not show any signs if understanding. The trio is locked in a dark room and kept there for quite a while, and Ned’s impatient temper shows. Counseil is quite the opposite, keeping calm and cool.

Eventually the trio is freed and Professor Aronnax is introduced to the Captain of the amazing Nautilus, Captain Nemo. Captain Nemo is a most mysterious character, who seems to bear a hidden burden. The name ”Nemo” actually means ”no one” in Latin. Captain Nemo has broken all ties with humanity, and follows no laws but his own. He is as free as a bird. He refuses to ever set foot on land again, and seems to bear a grudge against humankind.

Captain Nemo was the terror of the seas until Professor Aronnax and his friends arrived on the scene, and they now know his secret; Captain Nemo has crafted a futuristic submarine, made with the strongest steel, that has amazing capabilities. There is no monster; but a mysterious man, his strange crew, and the Nautilus! Now Captain Nemo has a dilemma; should he cast these intruders into the ocean, or release them on land…and let them spread his secret?

It is decided that Professor Aronnax, Counseil, and Ned Land will stay alive, but they will remain prisoners on board the Nautilus for the rest of their lives. They are treated well, however, and Captain Nemo gives Professor Aronnax a tour of the submarine and all of her amazing features. Captain Nemo has derived all of his needs from the sea, as the Professor soon finds out. Everything, from the clothes to the food to the cigars, is from the ocean.

The trio is taken on a breath-taking tour the underwater world. Professor Aronnax gives a rich description of the amazing underwater world and its lavish treasures and abundance. I felt like I was actually there when I was reading the story, it was incredibly detailed, and not hard to picture.

There are many adventures throughout the journey, where the personalities of the characters really shine. They see underwater coal mines, see a lost city, and battle giant squids, and sharks. Ned Land is bold and adventurous. Towards the end of the book he grows rather impatient and longs for escape. He is constantly scheming, whereas Professor Aronnax is rather enjoying taking notes of the incredible journey and writing down his observations.

Counseil’s faithfulness to his beloved master comes shines in a certain scene. The Nautilus becomes trapped in an iceberg, and is unable to replenish its air supply, so everyone on board slowly begins to suffocate. This part of the story had me on edge of my chair, as it is a thrilling but spine-chilling race against time for the characters to free the Nautilus from its icy prison, before it is too late. During this time Counseil says, ”Oh, if only I didn’t have to breathe, to leave more air for Master!” And throughout this time Counseil comforts Professor Aronnax, and is with him at every hour. This part of the story is quite touching.

Towards the end of the book, Captain Nemo commits a brutal sinking of another ship. It is a horrible moment that becomes forever etched in the minds of Professor Aronnax and his companions. This certainly reveals something about the Captain’s character: he is full of hatred and rage. It is revealed that he lost his family, and his home, and had come to despise the human race and to escape the world. The Nautilus served not only as his home but as a tool of vengeance, to destroy ships at sea.

For a grand climax the Nautilus is sucked up in a maelstrom, and Professor Aronnax is knocked unconscious. When he comes to he finds himself in a fisherman’s hut with his faithful friends at his side. Exactly how he survived and escaped the Nautilus is not said.

What happened to Captain Nemo, and his fantastic submarine? Is he still alive, or did he die in the maelstrom? The book ends in mystery.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was an incredibly enjoyable book, and I loved the attention to details, the rich descriptions, the adventure, and the mystery shrouding the Captain. The story is imaginative, and thoroughly entertaining, whether it was underwater hunting expedition or a thrilling race against time.

8th Grade English

The Trail Of Tears

Back in the early 1830s, millions of Indians left their homes in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina to embark on a long journey to live in Indian Territory across the Mississippi river. The journey could be dangerous, and this difficult journey became known as the Trail of Tears.

Early Americans often clashed with the Indians, and saw them as alien, unfamiliar people who were living on the land that the settlers wanted, and believed they deserved. Leaders and officials, including George Washington, believed that civilizing the Indians would solve this problem.

This campaign to civilize the Indians meant teaching them to speak English, convert them to Christianity, and adopt European-style economic policies. Certain tribes, the Chickasaw, the Choctaw, the Seminole, the Cherokee, and the Creeks did indeed adopt some of these customs, and became known as the Five Civilized Tribes.

The areas in which these tribes lived (parts of Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Florida) were valuable, and white settlers coveted these lands. It did not matter how civilized these tribes were. The settlers would do anything to get these valuable lands, and often stole livestock, burned houses, and squatted on Indian land.

State governments supported the settlers in the efforts to drive the Indians out of the South. Some states passed laws that limited their rights and sovereignty. The Southern states were determined to drive out the Indians.

President Andrew Jackson supported Indian Removal and signed the Indian Removal Act in 1830. This Act was supposed to be a voluntary decision for the Indians. They were still allowed to stay in their lands, but they were greatly pressured to migrate westward, and ended up doing so.

The Choctaw tribe was the first to move. They moved from Mississippi past Arkansas Territory. A Choctaw chief described this long and dangerous relocation as “the trail of tears and death” and this is how the migration now is referred to.

After a later treaty in 1835, the Cherokee people, most of whom had not migrated, were actually forced to move from their lands. They were escorted by General Winfield Scott and 7,000 soldiers to Indian Territory. Along the way many Cherokees faced whooping cough, cholera, dysentery, starvation, and typhus on the 1,200 mile journey. An estimated over 5,000 Cherokees died during this time.

By 1840 tens of thousands of Indians had migrated from their homes in the southern states to Indian Territory past the Mississippi. The government promised that their lands would be never again be molested, but as time went on and white settlers moved westward into the Midwest, Indian Territory began to shrink. By 1907 Indian Territory was gone for good.

8th Grade History Lesson 55

First Aid-Amputation

Accidents happen, and there are situations where in which amputation can occur.  Here is an amputation scenario:

Someone is using a skill saw, and they are not paying attention to their work.  The saw slips and slices through their index finger.  Their hand is now bleeding profusely.  You are a first responder, and quickly come to their aid.  What is the first thing you can do?

Well if you rushed on to the scene without a second thought, then you have skipped an important step.  Before you help someone, you must make sure that the area is safe.  You do not want to risk getting hurt and becoming a victim as well, so be sure to assess the scene and make sure there is no danger to you.  You must then activate emergency services, and then you can help the person until professional help arrives.

Make sure that your latex gloves are on, and a CPR shield is available.  You must assess the damage to the limb, and see if it can be saved.  It is crucial to stop the bleeding, and to keep the finger/hand above the level of the heart.  Apply a bandage to the wound, and if it leaks apply more bandaging. Wrap it securely around the wound.

While you are following these procedures check and see how the victim is doing.  Being considerate of the victim is very important.  They could have shock, sometimes caused by loss of blood.  Be sure to comfort them, and you might get them a chair.  Also, be quick but calm, do not act stressed as will not benefit the victim in any way.  By handling the situation in a cool, calm way it shows that you know what you are doing, and this will comfort the victim.

So the finger has fallen off, but it is possible that it can be re-attached at the hospital, so be sure to keep the amputated part.  You must clean all the dirt off, and then wrap it in a bandage.  Place the bandaged part in a plastic bag, and then place this into a cold icy solution.  This will slow down the decaying process.  Do not let the part actually come into contact with the water, as this will cause it to shrivel up, just as your skin does in a bath.

Stay with the person until emergency medical services arrive, and be sure to check for any other injuries that might have occurred.

Some important things to remember are:

  • The person is more important than the amputated part.  Treat the person first.  Then you can begin saving the part.
  • Do not try to re-attach any amputated parts.
  • Also, do not raise the victim’s hopes for re-attachment.
  • Do not overlook other injuries, even if they are less obvious.
  • You may want to keep the amputated part out of the person’s view, as it could cause emotional damages.  Still, make sure that the part goes with the patient to the hospital.

This is the basic protocol for treating amputation.  I will be writing more on First Aid later.

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The Real Neat Blog Award-3 in 1

Thank you, Lavender’s Delightful Words,  Not Of This World   and Colton’s RPC for nominating me!  These awards are quite fun.


  1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you
  2. Answer their questions (that was fun!)
  3. Nominate four bloggers who deserve the award
  4. Create 10 original questions for them to answer
  5. Let them know they have been nominated

Roselynn’s Questions:

  1. What’s the best type of cheese? That is tough!  I suppose a sharp cheddar is pretty awesome, but bleu cheese is also awesome in its own right…I really cannot decide.
  2. What’s the funniest name you have actually heard used in the real world? Fabulous.
  3. What are some funny and interesting alternatives that countries could settle their differences with? Bomb each other with… marshmallows?
  4. What are some fun ways to answer everyday questions like ”how’s it going” or ”what do you do”?  I guess if someone said ”What’s new?” I would say ”Today.” That’s my brilliant idea.
  5. If someone asked to become your apprentice and learn all that you know, what would you teach them? How to sing, how to butcher a chicken (😆), school subjects, and everything else that I know.
  6. What weird food combinations do you really enjoy? I really cannot think of too much at the moment, but I do like to put soy sauce in my tacos.  Also, right now, crunchy raw onions covered in dark chocolate sounds amazing…I have to try that sometime.
  7. What food have you never eaten but would really like to try? There are so many things!  My tastebuds love exciting new flavors!  I have wanted to try frog legs ever since I was about six, but I also want to try some fresh passionfruit.  Not to mention crunchy raw onions with dark chocolate.
  8. If someone narrated your life, who would you want to be the narrator? Myself.  Nobody else could tell it from my (very unique) perspective.
  9. What’s your favorite song? One of my favorites is Beethoven’s ”Moonlight Sonata.”
  10. What’s your favorite book? Hmm, I really liked the Hobbit, but I think that it is impossible to choose  a favorite…I love so many books!

Abi’s Questions:

  1. Do you think you’ll get a tattoo when you’re older? No, I do want any tattoos.  Ever.
  2. What is your favorite day of the week? Probably Monday, because I have singing lessons, and that is usually pretty fun.
  3. What book has made some impact on you? Well…Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney made a negative impact when I was much younger, but I have read many fine pieces of literature that have had a very positive impact.
  4. What is something that embarrasses you that your parents or siblings do? Sometimes my dad would tousle my hair in public, and give me really annoying nicknames, too embarrassing to mention here.
  5. If you were stranded on an island and could have only three things, what would they be? A bow and arrows, for hunting;  a water filter, for clean water; and a pigeon or some other trained bird, that I could send with a message to go get help.
  6. Favorite quote? One of my favorites: ” Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.” -George Washington
  7. What would your dream job(s) be? Singer, forensic scientist, archaeologist, detective, reporter, politician, evangelist (maybe), and so many more!
  8. If you traveled to one country for a week for free, where would you go? Hmm, maybe France.  Or France.  Of course France might also be nice. Or Russia.
  9. What is the hardest thing you can cook or bake? Not sure.
  10. What language would you most like to learn? French, and after that I am not sure.

Colton’s questions:

  1. How many pets do you own? I have two parakeets, and then some family pets.
  2. How old are you? I am not old, I am only 13.
  3. What state/country/province do you live in? Vermont.  It is a wonderful state!
  4. Do you prefer Windows or Mac?  I have only worked with a mac, so I cannot say.
  5. Hamburgers or Hotdogs? Neither.  Worthy Burgers.  They leave ordinary burgers in the dust.
  6. Christian? Yes.
  7. Favorite book (besides the Bible)? There are too many good books out there to have a favorite.
  8. Favorite school subject? History and English.
  9. Least favorite school subject? Take a guess.  Yeah, it’s math.
  10. Have you ever tried a really old computer (at least 25 years old)? Nope!

I nominate:

Not Of This World

Victoria’s Essays

Anneliesa’s Blog

school essay blog

Andromeda’s RPC

Questions for my Nominees:

  1. On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you like plane rides? Do you like take-offs and landings?
  2. Which do you prefer: dark chocolate or milk chocolate?
  3. What is one of the most embarrassing things you’ve ever done in public?
  4. What is one of your least favorite activities?
  5. How do you hope to see yourself in the future (e.g. with a job, married, etc.)
  6. What is something in the past that you wish you could’ve done differently?
  7. Are you shy or bold? 
  8. Do you play any sports?  
  9. What is the most difficult thing you’ve ever done?
  10. Were these questions fun, or totally boring?

Bye for now!



The Missouri Compromise

The Missouri Compromise was passed in 1820.  This compromise was an agreement between pro-slavery and free states in the U.S.  It was also used to delay dealing with the root issues of slavery.  It prohibited slavery in Louisiana Territory, and north of a certain boundary, except in the state of Missouri.  It was agreed to by both pro slavery and anti slavery groups in Congress.

In 1819 John Tallmadge offered an amendment, called the Tallmadge Amendment, that prohibited the further introduction of slaves to Missouri, and stated that any children born to slaves after the amendment was passed would be freed at the age of 25.  Thus, there would eventually be no more slaves in Missouri, for all of the slave children would grow up and then have free children of their own.  Missouri would become a free state.

The United States Senate refuted this amendment, and the measure was lost.  The following session, the House passed a bill that entered Missouri into the Union as a slave state, in 1820.  This is the Missouri Compromise.  No other slave states would be allowed above 36°30’N.

Lesson 47

The map above illustrates what the U.S. looked like during this time. The states in red are slave states, and the states in blue are free states.  Missouri is the only slave state allowed above the green line, and this is why it is called the Missouri Compromise.

At the time the compromise seemed like a good thing.  It delayed addressing with the real issues of slavery, but there were flaws in the compromise, such as the geographical location, because the land of Texas was mostly desert, and not suitable for plantations.  Thus it was doomed from the beginning.  The compromise was repealed in the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1853, and was declared unconstitutional in retrospect in 1857.


8th Grade History Week 9