The Write Stuff Follow the history of writing as we know it at Parker's UK Schools Resource Page. From sticks and stones to the fountain pen, this Web site will give you the lowdown on the evolution of one of humankind's most essential forms of communication. Set poetry in motion at www.parkerpen.co.uk and find out why handwriting is more intriguing than you ever thought. You'll start out with cave paintings from 25000 B.C., make your way to Egyptian hieroglyphics and wind up at the Italic, Copperplate and Calligraphy styles of more recent times. The site has excellent illustrations from the various handwriting eras, including the dark Gothic era and the ancient Greeks. It's amazing to think that the Egyptians were using paper (papyrus), pen and ink more than 5,000 years ago. Do you have the write stuff? (This site is no longer available.)
Words of Wisdom
Modern history has been shaped by the ideas of thinkers, but it's the great speakers who have delivered those ideas to the people. Every day, The History Channel Time Machine drops you off at a different point in history, and lets you listen in to the words that changed our world. Grab a front row chair and tune into the Great Speeches Web site at
www.historychannel.com/ gspeech. Thanks to this archive, you'll be able sit in on the speeches of such icons as Albert Einstein, Gloria Steinem, Babe Ruth, Martin Luther King Jr. and Sandra Day O'Connor. You'll find the broadcast of the troubled Apollo 13 mission to be quite a scare. Royalty is well represented too, as you can join the monarchy at such events as the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth. (This site is no longer available.)
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1. Which French king was know as the Sun King?
Dear Amy: How do I change the home page on my browser?--Chris, Lake Jackson, Texas
Dear Chris: To change the first Web site you see when you start up your browser or when you click on the "Home" button, you'll have to change your preferences under Edit or Options. Since your browser may be a little different than mine, just look for a place to enter a URL that is labeled "Home Page" or "Start Page." You can type in the complete URL of the Web site or click on the "Use Current Page" button if available.