A busy week on so many teaching and writing fronts! This week I began to help my 5th graders plan and prepare for an essay contest sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution. They are to write an essay as a passenger on the Mayflower. In discussing the contest and the prompt, I was shocked at how tenuous their understanding of the voyage of the Mayflower and its passengers was. Naturally we stopped and did a little digging, reading, exploring, and investigating.