The Year of The Hangman Book Blog

Join an 8th grade American History class in Liberty, Missouri as they read the historical novel "The Year of the Hangman" and ask what would have happened if the Patriots would have lost the American Revolutionary War....

Monday, March 27, 2006

Welcome to Week Four - March 27 to April 2

Greetings and welcome to week four of The Year of the Hangman book blog. This week you will finish the novel. In recent weeks we have had multiple questions and the discussions have been great. This week we change it up a bit and have only one question. It's a good one so read below and get ready to make a comment. The great thing about this week's question is we really want to hear from you. I know some of you have been reading the novel but haven't posted yet. That's OK. This is your chance to voice your opinion. Even if you have not posted a single item all month - go ahead and type in a response to this question.

I am attempting to get some feedback from Gary Blackwood on the blog. I know he is very busy right now but I'll see if we can have him join us for some questions.

Next week I would like to open up the blog for some final thoughts and feedback on how you think this experiment went and what I can do to make it better. I do plan on doing this again and I want to improve it each time we read a new book.

If you have any questions or comments please e-mail me at


Anonymous Erin H said...

George Washington was rescued! He is now currently residing in Canada. Benjamin Franklin has survived his first degree burns and is now visiting with Washington. He is thinking about living with Washington. Colonel Gower died in a duel with Arnold Benedict. Sadly, Benedict also gets wounded badly in the leg. When they go to see who is in the cell they have no idea who it will be because they know that Washington is not in Penscola. When they go to the cell they find that Henry Brown is alive but sick. Crieghton and the others go to live in Franklin's house after they rescue Henry and figure out where Washington is. Crieghton continues to print with Sophie in New Orleans. When Henry is well he writes a letter to his wife stating that he requests that she comes and lives in New Orleans with Crieghton and him. She thinks about and she decides that if her family was there and liked it she might as well go too. They are all very very happy.

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

My way of changing the ending would be:
Washington got rescued by Peter and is in America. Creighton and his father go to England and meet with Creighton's mother. Then, Sophie has mastered all of Franklin's attitude changes. Then, she goes and lives with Creighton and his family. They move into Franklin's house in New Orleans. They make a paper that has Franklin's ideas in it, and has Creighton's father writting articals. Then Creighton gets rid of his habits. That is how I would change the ending.

9:22 PM  
Anonymous Ethan L. said...

Gower wins the duel. after hitting Benedict with his cheap shot, he reloads and fires before Benedict can get off a shot. Chreigton then goes to face Gower himself, and wins, showing him that he is not as useless as his Uncle thought he was. Afterwards, he goes to the battle before it begins, and stops the attack. They then move back to the false point of atack, and win! This sparks the begining of a new Revolution, in which the Americans find George Washington, and he leads them to freedom, with the help of Chreigton as his new luitenit.

4:46 PM  
Anonymous ryan h. said...

My way of changing the ending would be to have George Washington be rescued and have Creightons father be rescued too and once they go back to New Orleans they get a huge army togather and go over to England and have them attack England and haveing them win and they will have the states and England to live at.

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Stephen C from BT said...

I think that Criegton and his father should have gone back to England confronted his mother and work as a spy for the Americans. Also I think Sophie would have gone with them

4:29 PM  

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