I used this assignment in an Academic Skills Building for Social Studies class. I designed this so that the students were writing a letter to me about their family and were also utilizing research skills that I taught as part of this course. I encouraged the students to interview their family members and especially those who were aging. I received wonderful feedback from both parents and students who praised the learning experience between the generations.
This was assigned at the beginning of the term to gauge what level each student was writing at and to introduce research skills utilizing only the internet. I also introduced how to create an outline with this project, and required that they turn one in using the template included in this packet. I provided separate handouts (photocopied from books) in order to give them a template of the MLA format for their Works Cited.
This assignment meets more than one standard from the MA DESE Common Core Standards for Writing in History/Social Studies. Some examples include: "Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation" and "Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes."
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License