Reflection: Joy These Are Your Relatives - Section 4: Closure


I absolutely love this writing activity because it is such a fun way for them to be creative. The circumstances- pretending this actual person from an antique photograph is their relative is distinctive.  I don't think I would have thought of it had I not been thinking seriously about what kind of pages would help "build a life" in their Civil War Scrapbooks.  I'm so glad I did, because it's great on all levels.  First of all, passing out the photographs, and forcing these people to become "related" to the 5th graders, is a blast.  Second, they have such wonderful ideas as they think from such a unique point of view.

This does not have to be done in connection with a Civil War Simulation.  I have had teammates who don't participate in the simulation, use this for creative writing and the writing is just as fascinating.

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These Are Your Relatives

Unit 17: Civil War in the ELA
Lesson 3 of 8

Objective: TSWBAT use an antique photo of a person or people, and use their narrative writing skills to describe why the person is significant.

Big Idea: What impact has this person had on your (Civil War) life?

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