Here is a lesson plan which will challenge students to write a creative journal entry as though they were a participant at some great event in American history. It combines skills in writing, grammar, research, social studies, and computer, and can be graded on any or all of these skills. You may allow as many class periods for the work as you choose, or assign some work for homework; the assignment usually takes 3 to 4 class periods. I have used this assignment in middle and junior high school, but it could also be used at the high school level. This is a “critical thinking” assignment because it requires students to work independently and integrate knowledge and skills from several subject areas. So much of what is taught today in school focuses on coherent and creative writing. A student’s ability to tell a story or write informative text will carry over into all subjects and into their professional lives. The download includes a PDF of 5 pages of explanation, example, student instruction, and grading rubric plus a jpeg of a parchment template students will use in their final writing.
I Was There
by Diane Yale-Peabody
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