Subject Area(s): Social Studies, Language Arts

Grade Level(s): 3/4/5/6 or above

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Independent research is involved - so the lesson may take anywhere from two to three days to two weeks to complete depending on the skill level of the children and the depth to which you want them to delve.

Lesson Summary

The students will interview a parent or close relative about an event that happened before the student was born. (They may ask about their parents/grandparent's wedding, a parent's time in the service, coming to America, a parent's childhood experience, etc). This should be a story, as much as possible, from a primary source's point of view. They will be asked to document this event with some form of evidence (wedding license, discharge papers, passports, letters, journals, etc.) After gathering the evidence, the students will write (as the secondary source) a brief history of the time in question, using the evidence they have gathered as part of their talking points for the accuracy of the history they are writing.

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All of the materials used in this lesson plan are available for downloading as PDF Files and PowerPoint files, as appropriate. PDF Files can be viewed with the free Adobe Reader.

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