• If you are citizen of an European Union member nation, you may not use this service unless you are at least 16 years old.

  • You already know Dokkio is an AI-powered assistant to organize & manage your digital files & messages. Very soon, Dokkio will support Outlook as well as One Drive. Check it out today!



Page history last edited by June Shanahan 10 years, 11 months ago





Seeds of America

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Listen for the vocabulary word that Rudy taught us several weeks ago: segregation

Listen for words written by Thomas Jefferson, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

Laurie Halse Anderson's Official Web Site


Historical Fiction - 1776

Cast of Characters - Blank Document

13 Colonies Quiz 

Ages: 10 and up

Grades: 5 and up 



If you're somebody that doesn't like social studies, this book is for you! It will hook you into what we will be studying the entire year in fifth grade social studies! The author, Laurie Halse Anderson, researched for YEARS before writing this novel about the Revolutionary War. The thing that hooked her into writing this book was learning that Benjamin Franklin, as well as so many of the other Founding Fathers, owned slaves. Authoring this book has everything to do with her personal struggle to understand how Americans could fight for freedom, while at the same time own slaves.


Book Quotes


We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

-Declaration of Independence of the United States of America

Youth is the seed time of good habits, as well in nations as in individuals.

                                                                              -Thomas Paine, Common Sense

We have in common with all other men a natural right to our freedoms without being deprived of them by our fellow men.

-Petition for freedom from a group of slaves to Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage, His Majesty's Council, and the House of Representatives, May 25, 1774

Sir, we have been too long deaf.  We have too long shown our forbearance and long-suffering....Our thunders must go forth. America must be conquered.

      -Alexander Wedderburn, Solicitor Gen. of England, to George III, King of England

The Congress have judged it necessary to dissolve the connection between Great Britain and the American Colonies, and to declare them free and independent states.

      -Letter from John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, to Gen. George Washington

The demons of fear and disorder seemed to take full possession of all and everything upon that day.                               

- 15 yr. old Patriot soldier

But as it is, we have the wolf by the ear, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go. Justice is in one scale, and self-preservation in the other.

                                                             -Thomas Jefferson, writing about slavery

Everything that is right or reasonable pleads for separation.  The blood of the slain, the weeping voice of nature cries 'TIS TIME TO PART.                                               

                                                             -Thomas Paine, Common Sense


Jada, Book Club President


Club Members: 

Maiya,Jessica, Ashleigh, Madelyn, Madison, Nia, Emily

Comments (0)

You don't have permission to comment on this page.