This activity asks students to write a diary entry as if they were a teenager during the Colonial Era. They must describe what their life is like living on a farm or in the city, in the Northern, Middle, or Southern Colonies. They need to discuss their family's profession, whether or not they go to school, what rights they have, etc.
This is designed to be a short writing piece (1-2 pages) for students at the beginning of my school year, in order to help them use support to back up their points. It also includes a small rubric which is based mostly on assessing whether or not they supported their points.
This assignment pertains to several MA DESE Common Core Standards for Writing in History/Social Studies (specifically 6-8 grade). A few examples include: "Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience" and "Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences."
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