Use this questionnaire to promote not only an understanding of history, but also to encourage positive family discussions! I use this every year at the beginning of my fifth grade history class. It helps to make the history of the United States personal to them! It is quick, easy, and the responses are often extremely deep and meaningful. I usually give them a week to complete the assignment, as students are required to ask an adult in their family at least three of the questions listed.
It's wonderful to hear stories of students sitting down to listen to their parents, aunts, uncles, or grandparents tell age old family stories. Use, share, enjoy!