This and my others are all about our own state history from a perspective of something that has not been interviewed. What 'would they say' if they could speak? What language would they speak in? I love the 'what if' questions in history.
I love having my students write and I know my fellow EL teachers like the fact that they do also. Now, my writing assignments are never very hard or long but it does get them thinking about what we have covered and does make them apply what they have learned in ELA. As a history teacher my goal is not to make great writers out of my students but to make more knowledgeable about the places, things, events around them – make them THINK.
Now days I have my students type their essays – Black ink, 12pt Ariel type. No copy and paste, NO PLAGIARISM.
I have them write about:
• If the alter of the Cathedral could talk
• If the walls of the Old State Capital could talk
• If the walls of the new State Capital could talk
• If the palisades at Fort St. Jean could talk
• If the halls of (Nottoway, Myrtles, Oak Alley, Laura, Whitney, etc.) could talk
• If the walls of the Pea Patch farm could talk
• If the walls of the Shreveport Auditorium could talk
This is just one of my many "IF" items that I have used to teach with. It is only 5 paragraphs long, 500 to 1,000 words. Not a lot when you figure they write much more than this in ELA.