Can your students answer the questions posed by this week's Brashcards?
- Is Greece the size of Alabama, and were its ancient cities powerful? Yes and yes!
- Was Sparta one of the strongest city-states in Greece, or was Athens more powerful? Sparta diligently trained its men, women, and children for battle. Athens, on the other hand, valued education and cultural things like drama, music, and art. Both were tremendously strong. Which is stronger? That has been debated for centuries. Do some research and let us know what you think!
- Manasseh was an evil king of Judah, but did he become humble because of his brutal captivity by the Assyrians? King Manasseh (not to be confused with the tribe of Manasseh named for Joseph's son) was good King Hezekiah's son, but he brought his country down during his reign that began at age twelve. He was one of Judah's most evil kings, and his atrocious sins are listed in II Kings 21. Twenty-two years into his reign he was captured by the Assyrian army, and during his brutal captivity he began to seek God. II Chronicles 33:12-13 -- "And when he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, And prayed unto him: and he was intreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord he was God." He spent the rest of his life repairing the damage he had caused, tearing down his false idols, restoring Jerusalem's wall, and commanding the people of Judah to serve the Lord God of Israel.
- Is Babylonia a country, and is Babylon its chief city? Yes and yes
Card 12C: Manasseh was an evil king of Judah, but did he become humble because of his brutal captivity by the Assyrians?
Don't let the word "because" throw your student in this sentence. Although "because" is typically used as a subordinating conjunction that introduces an adverbial clause, when paired with "of," it is simply a two-word preposition.
Week 12 is a great week to look closer at the color-coding of Brashcards since almost all of this week's sentences feature almost every color! Talk about the colors and the parts of speech they represent with your student as well as the various "jobs" that each part of speech can have: red nouns can be the subject noun, predicate nominative, or object of the preposition.
Help them brainstorm completely new sentences by coming up with alternatives to the existing words (Mad Libs style!) and then diagramming those. If your student could use a challenge, be sure that the new sentence places modifiers in different places: if the prepositional phrase modified the subject, make sure it modifies the predicate nominative or predicate adjective and vice-versa.
Click here for worksheets for each of the sentences in Week 12.