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A Chapter Book Writing Lesson from WritingFix & HistoryFix
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Gotta Go Back
in Time

choose a place and time and take yourself back there in an original story

This lesson was built for WritingFix after being proposed by Nevada teacher Christy Hodge at an AT&T-sponsored in-service class for teachers.

The mentor text:

George Washington's Socks puts a fun twist on studying history that will inspire your students to write about historical objects as well as people.


Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

Inspired by the chapter book George Washington’s Socks by Elvira Woodruff, the students will be writing a fact-based story about an adventure back in time. The students will choose an era they wish to travel back in time to and visit. They will reflect on how they got there, who they were with, the historical events they witness taking place, and their return home. Upon their return in their story, they will need to bring back one artifact from that time period. This will help them develop a title for their story, as it did in the book, George Washington’s Socks. This paper is a personal reflection but also guides students into learning about a significant time in history. Teachers: click here to read the entire lesson plan.


6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is idea development; students will need to carefully write down the events that take place in the story, including supporting details about the historical events taking place. They must include accurate historical events that take place during their visit, and details on how they returned home. The support trait in this assignment is organization; students will need a thoughtful beginning, middle, and end in their story about traveling back in time.


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