Every year, I have my students examine and write their own literary histories with great success. When they reflect back on their own experiences from the past, they can make meaning of the present. This lesson uses the same concept but from a math angle.
I'm not a math teacher, but I often hear students saying, "I can't do math."
First, I don't believe it and second I ask, "Why do you think that?" This narrative writing prompt will give an opportunity for your students to figure out where those ideas began and how to overcome the preconceived biases many of our students have against math.
This lesson is a GREAT opportunity for cross-curricular planning and co-teaching with the math and English department. It's a copy and go lesson which could be completed in one class period or more if you want to peer edit and prepare the narratives for publication.
Let me know what you think!