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Time TravelWhile introducing my reluctant juniors to American Romanticism (we had just...

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 24, 2008 at 9:10 AM via web

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While introducing my reluctant juniors to American Romanticism (we had just come from the land of the Puritans...they would rather read no more), I asked them if they would rather be a Puritan or a Transcendentalist.  We got into a conversation about time travel and which time period and place we would choose to go if we could.  So, for kicks and giggles, where would you go?  Why?  Be careful...even if something "looks" ideal and romantic through our 21st Century eyes, danger lurketh everywhere!  (Smile)

 

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malibrarian | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted January 24, 2008 at 9:20 AM (Answer #2)

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Okay...with my trusty hidden stash of antibiotics, deodorant, shampoo, and toothpaste, I would LOVE to see what Elizabethan England was really like.  I'd go see a play at the Globe, I'd try to hunt down Shakespeare and buy him a drink (although he would probably think I was a woman of ill repute if I were hanging out in a tavern), I'd try to get a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth and her GORGEOUS clothing...

LOTS and LOTS of antibiotics! :)

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted January 24, 2008 at 9:26 AM (Answer #3)

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Ok, so if we can manage time travel, surely we can come up with vaccines to prevent getting any diseases or catching any parasites. I would love to go back and watch the aliens build the pyramids. Seriously, I really would like to visit ancient Egypt, probably around the time of Nefertiti. How did her stepson King Tut really die???

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 24, 2008 at 7:48 PM (Answer #4)

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How fun!  I LOVE the idea of time travel...one of my favorite series is the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.  My sons and I recently watched the movie Timeline.  I am actually torn about where I'd want to go.  Naturally I would love to visit England in the Elizabethan era. I often speak of being an archeologist (much to my husband's moaning as he already claims my salary isn't enough to sneeze at), so any historically intriguing place--the Lost Colony of Roanoke, the pyramids of Egypt, the ruins of the Mayans--while the history was happening.

Cool stuff.  Thanks for humoring me.  :)

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted January 25, 2008 at 5:53 AM (Answer #5)

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How fun!  I LOVE the idea of time travel...one of my favorite series is the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.  My sons and I recently watched the movie Timeline.  I am actually torn about where I'd want to go.  Naturally I would love to visit England in the Elizabethan era. I often speak of being an archeologist (much to my husband's moaning as he already claims my salary isn't enough to sneeze at), so any historically intriguing place--the Lost Colony of Roanoke, the pyramids of Egypt, the ruins of the Mayans--while the history was happening.

Cool stuff.  Thanks for humoring me.  :)

Read the book Timeline; it's much better than the movie, as usual. I just finished a fascinating book about the lost colony at Roanoke--Splintered Icon by Bill Napier. It's very good.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 25, 2008 at 7:57 AM (Answer #6)

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Thanks for the tip.  Being a history nut and an avid reader, I'm always looking for good things to read.  I'm currently reading The Poisonwood Bible, my first Kingsolver novel.  I am in love with her use of language...it's so poetic and trips melliflously off the tongue.  I will be looking into more of her stuff. 

I will add the books Timeline and Splintered Icon to my reading list!  Thanks!

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malibrarian | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted January 27, 2008 at 9:31 AM (Answer #7)

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The Outlander series is sure wonderful - Do you know when the last one is supposed to come out, Amy?

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rskardal | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted January 14, 2011 at 4:38 PM (Answer #8)

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I recall that Robert Jordan (author of the Wheel of Time fantasy series) once said that the Renaissance would be an exciting time in which to live. Perhaps, however, I cannot help thinking about Neil Gaimon's Sandman comics in which a character that lives forever discusses how electric light has freed our lungs from extensive amounts of smoke and smut. So I suppose a part of me would like to stay in the present or else visit the future. Having said that, if any novel has ever attracted me to an era, it is definitely Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle. How cool would it be to live in England during the birth of the scientific revolution!

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dkaye | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 31, 2012 at 2:35 AM (Answer #9)

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Oh, gosh. I had a conversation about this not too long ago, and the answers were as varied as the people I was with. Ancient Egypt, classical Rome, Elizabethan England, revolutionary America--they all sounded great. But then I looked around and realized that everyone else in the group was male, and the only two people who hadn't answered were me and a biracial friend. I couldn't help thinking that it was really, really tough to be a woman or a religious or racial minority pretty much any time in the recorded past.  That's not to say that things have entirely evened out today, but I'd rather use my vote to fight for equal pay at my job than be banned from voting at all!

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Wiggin42 | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted June 4, 2014 at 1:32 PM (Answer #10)

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As a female, if I were doing any time traveling, it would be to the future. Simply put the past wasn't a friendly place for women. (Some would argue that today isn't a friendly place for women.) All the wonders of the past that we cherish today (The Globe, The Pyramids, etc) wouldn't allow women to participate as fully as men. If anything, experiencing would only dampen our association with the past, not enhance it. 

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