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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Edwards Academy Magazine V: Athens Times

We recently completed a newspaper project, the Athens Times, in which the older three kids wrote articles about events they studied in history and drew accompanying illustrations. The kids are now beginning to type their second draft and are learning to make corrections to the document rather than re-writing the corrected draft. Here are a few sample articles and illustrations. Sydney and Hope are in grade four; Lane in grade one.

Assyrian Kings Revel in Luxury
By Sydney Edwards

Νίνος (NINEVEH) The greedy Assyrian king was very rich and he wanted to live a life of luxury. They had big palaces. The paths were lined with golden statues. Their rooms were big and cool with silk hung on the walls. One of the kings had the first library in his palace. They caught lions and made a zoo. It was luxurious to have a library in your palace!

One of the kings of Assyria was Ashurbonipal. He was the first king to have a library. He wanted to be remembered, so he thought about collecting old books and making a library. Today he is known as the king who collected books.

Their palaces were in the capital city, which was Nineveh.

An Assyrian palace. Illustrated by Sydney Edwards

Jonah Calls for Repentance
By Lane Edwards

Jonah was a prophet of GOD. One day Jonah tried to run away from GOD because the LORD told Jonah to go to Nineveh but Jonah went down to the port of Joppa and found a ship that was leaving for Tarshish. He got on board and paid his fee. 

The next night a storm caught the ship so Jonah told the sailors to throw him overboard for GOD had sent the storm. So the sailors through him overboard and GOD sent a big fish to swallow him in the fish. Jonah prayed to GOD and repented to GOD in the fish. The fish spit him out on land and he traveled to Nineveh and he preached GOD`s word.

Jonah was angry with GOD because he had mercy on the Ninevites so Jonah made a shelter. At night GOD grew a vine and it died that very night. GOD said to Jonah, “Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?” Jonah said he learned a lesson that GOD is in control.

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, built for the homesick Assyrian wife of Nebuchadnezzar. 
Illustrated by Sydney Edwards

Courage in the Fiery Furnace
By Hope Edwards

Βαβυλωνία (BABYLONIA), 575 B.C.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego survived King Nebuchadnezzar’s fiery furnace!

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego three Judean captives did not bow down to the golden image as Nebuchadnezzar had commanded. So King Nebuchadnezzar had the furnace heated seven times as hot as usual, and ordered the strongest of the soldiers in his army to bind them and throw them in. The fire was so hot that the soldiers died instantly. Suddenly King Nebuchadnezzar jumped up. He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”

Then the king called out “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” So they came out of the furnace and everyone was amazed! They were unharmed. Their clothes were not scorched, their hair was not singed nor did they smell of fire. Reports are that the fourth man never came out of the furnace. Right then and there the king decreed that anyone who rejects the God Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego shall be cut to pieces and their houses burned to rubble.

Glory to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
Persian soldiers retreat from the Battle of Marathon.
 Illustrated by Lane Edwards

Surprise Ending to the Battle of Marathon
By Hope Edwards

Μαραθών (MARATHON) At the battle of the Marathon a small Greek army defeated the huge Persian army and sent them back to Asia. The Persians are fighting for power but we Greeks are fighting for our lives and we showed that by overcoming a much larger army.

At the plain of Marathon, which is by the Bay of Salamis, the Greek army trapped the Persians by splitting up into three groups, one on each side and one in the center. The center portion went in attacked and withdrew, drawing in the Persian ranks and then it was possible for the sides to flank the Persians.

After the Greek army won the battle, it sent Pheidippides to Athens to tell the Athenians that we had won. Pheidippides was a Greek messenger who took a message to Sparta before the battle, requesting military assistance. Being still tired from that run, he ran again after the battle without stopping once. After he delivered the message he died of exhaustion.

Esther petitions King Xerxes.
 Illustrated by Hope Edwards

Esther is Made Queen of Persia
By Hope Edwards

Περσική (PERSIA) A Jewish girl is made queen of Persia!

King Xerxes was furious and burning with anger against Vashti, his queen, because she rebelled against him and refused to appear at his banquet showing off her beauty to all the drunken guests. He banned her from his presence and she was no longer his queen.

The king declared a contest to decide who was to be his new queen. Many young virgins in Persia were brought to the palace for twelve months of beauty treatments. One of them was Esther, whose Hebrew name was Hadassah, but no one knew she was Jewish. Her cousin Mordecai had told her not to tell anyone that she was Jewish. After Esther had completed what was required, she was taken to the king. King Xerxes was pleased with Esther and selected her as his queen.

Queen Esther’s Jewish origins were not known until the affair of Haman the Agagite.
Battle action at Thermopylae. Illustrated by Lane Edwards

Spartan Heroes of Thermopylae
By Sydney Edwards

Θερμοπύλαι (THERMOPYLAE)
The Persians wanted to rule Greece, so they marched over and tried to conquer it because their king craved more power. Meanwhile Sparta and Athens (two Greek cities that did not want to be under Persian rule) heard that the Persians were coming. They sent their best men and best generals (the Spartans’ general was their king) to go meet them. They decided that they would meet the Persians at the narrow part of the Pass of Thermopylae, so that they could fight them a little at a time.

A Greek man betrayed his country by informing the Persians of a secret mountain path and they took it. When the Greeks found out their general let everyone who wanted to go home return home.

Only the three hundred Spartans remained. The battle was dreadful. The Greeks only had seven thousand men and the Persians had two million men. At the end of the battle all except one of the Greeks were killed. The Persians marched to Athens. They trampled the dead bodies on their way.

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon. 
Illustrated by Lane Edwards

Greek Architecture
By Sydney Edwards

Ἀθῆναι (ATHENS) Greek architecture is amazing!
The Greeks built three different kinds of capitals (the tops of columns) called the Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. Doric is very plain, the Ionic looks like a scroll, the Corinthian is very fancy.
A Greek temple called the Parthenon in Athens, is a very historic temple to Athena. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Phidias was a famous architect who designed the Parthenon. Phidias also designed and sculpted the great statue of Zeus.
The Parthenon was made out of marble that was put on stone bases. They used six- inch iron rods to support the tympanum, the triangular pediment that rested on marble columns. The columns were built out of sections put together. The Parthenon is the most beautiful temple in Greece.
Example of Greek Architecture. Illustrated by Lane Edwards


Meredith said...

What a joy! If they were in my classroom at school then I would be handing out a lot of stickers at this point and lining up your children to receive certificates at the next assembly.

Well done kids. And well done to their excellent teacher as well!

Anonymous said...

Love the illustrations! Such details! I can see they worked very hard on these. Thanks for sharing. I'm so looking forward to TOG yr 1 in the fall.

Sharon said...

Oh, Amy, you must be so proud! They have all done marvellously well with their newspaper reports and those illustrations are excellent. I especially like the one of the Battle action at Thermopylae by Lane. i can't wait to show Joshua! Is this where we got the terms "in a tight place" and "in a hot spot" from, do you think?

Mrs. Edwards said...

Thank you all! This was a six week project and the process of writing is not a favorite pastime with my kids, but I am seeing great progress! It is also exciting that they are beginning to type.

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