The book, set in Imperial Rome, tells the story of six classmates who must come to the rescue of their friend Rufus, who is accused of writing "Caius is a dumbbell" on the Temple of Minvera, among other crimes. Throughout this year in history class our fourth grade has examined the question "What is civilization?" and has studied ancient Egypt, China and Greece for insights.
The selection of this historically-rich book for their spring reading dovetails with their study of civilizations, and is an example of the connections made across disciplines throughout the curriculum.
The staged reading provided the boys the opportunity to practice presenting in front of new audiences, while inviting the girls from Sacred Heart continues our practice of building an extended sense of community with our neighboring schools.