This is a writing assignment for a social studies classroom. I do it with freshman. Students must tell the story of their own family's past. Attached is the assignment and a grading checklist.
This writing assignment can be assigned only at home or it can be done in class as well after students talk to family members.
It is an introduction to history class as they tell their own histories.
After students complete the iStory, all of them are compiled into a class book of personal histories.