History is a subject student typically find dull and boring. It all happened so long ago; how does it relate to them? This lesson aims to help students develop a personal connection to history by focusing on their own families. Students interview a parent to discover how the actions of one generation impact the next. This assignment helps students to better understand the cause-and-effect relationship and paves the way for looking at cause and effect in history. This is a great assignment for the beginning of the year or anytime you need to get students more engaged in the content. Students love this assignment, and so do their parents—I hear feedback throughout the year on conversations it’s led to as well as a new interest in family history. Though geared for a history class, this would also work well in an English class practicing the cause-and-effect pattern of development.
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