Six Trips to Rome
For my two-page spread in the Galileo children's book, I will be writing about and summarizing Galileo's six trips to Rome. I think that this is an important aspect to add to the book because it Galileo's complicated life and career can be difficult for a child (and sometimes, an adult) to understand when in its expanded form. I would like to summarize the six trips and make the most important parts, scientifically and historically, stand out. The struggle with this will be the actual act of condensing such a huge amount of information without detracting from the meaning. To prepare my two-page spread for older children, I will include "controversial" subjects such as Galileo's struggles with the church and his trial. I will use larger words than I would for a younger child. I do not think it will be hard to write for older children because I normally try to write around that reading level anyway, and I think that we as a culture should not hide our children from our history, even if it is viewed as controversial in some eyes.
Some of background assumptions related to my topic are that Galileo was only a scientist, that science and religion cannot mesh, and that Galileo is known mostly in popular culture for his creation of the telescope. Explaining the six trips will help break these assumptions and show that Galileo was a more complex man than popular culture portrays him.