Easy Social Studies and English Language Arts Integration! This is a letter writing assignment where students will write from a historical point of view.
Upon completion of our unit on the American Revolution, I had the students randomly choose a person from the list contained in the file. This became the person they would be writing as--their new point of view. I passed out and went over in great detail, the rubric containing information about each paragraph as well as a student checklist that is included. The students were expected to self-monitor their own writing to make sure that they were including all required parts. Students then completed the planning sheet (2 pages) independently during their Work on Writing time. Once their plan was completed, I conferenced with each student before they wrote or typed their final draft.
The file includes:
*Student Planning Sheet--2 pages
*Rubrics (3 total)-two rubrics are the same except one has point values for each paragraph/section-last rubric includes sample sentence starters for each paragraph for students who made need more guidance. All rubrics include a paragraph description, student check list, teacher notes section and a part to include points for each section.
*Sample list of people from the American Revolution that I used in my unit. You could easily make up your own list based on your specific unit of study.
Other ways to use/extend this activity:
*End of unit assessment (assess their understanding of a historical topic)
*You could also have the students select their own point of view to write from. (Part of the fun for my students, however, was the excitement of secretly choosing their person.)
*End of the year review-Students could choose their favorite part of history that you studied that year and complete the activity using someone from that time period.
*Students will need prior knowledge of a writing using a letter format.
*Students will need prior knowledge and practice writing from a different point of view.
*Students will need knowledge of the historical time period you select to focus on.
I used this activity over a 5-6 day period, most of which occurred during our Daily 5 Work on Writing time. I used the rubric included to grade their final draft. Students received a Language Arts grade for the content of the writing, another Language Arts grade for the conventions of the writing, as well as a grade in Social Studies for historical accuracy.