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Gotta Go Back
in Time

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

Student Writer Instructions:

Today you will begin writing a story similar to George Washington’s Socks. Your story should be between one and a half and two pages, and it will contain a details and reflections of your experience back in time.

The interactive buttons below will help you choose both a significant era from history to visit and a person you would like to bring with you. There are many to choose from, if you are having trouble coming up with an idea.

Once you have your idea, you will need to give this paper thought and have well-developed ideas and supporting details. To begin your writing, be sure to include what mode of transportation brought you to the past. Was it a boat, like the one in George Washington’s Socks? Who are you traveling with? Where did you end up?

For the middle part of your story, focus on some historical events taking place in the era you chose. You may need to do some research on the era you choose if you are not familiar with it. For example, if you choose the Comstock Lode in Virginia City, you might need to research more about this time period. What events took place to make this a significant time in history? Include these facts in your journey by pretending that you are actually there. Be sure to give supporting details that go along with your historical events.

To end your story, you should also choose one item you are bringing back with you from the past. Think about the socks given to Katie by George Washington in the book and relate this to the book title. Be sure to write an ending, letting the reader know how you got back to the present year. You must focus on presenting all of your ideas in the order in which each event occurs.

Good luck, and have fun writing about an adventure back in time.

Interactive Choices for Writing:

If you're struggling to start, click the buttons below for some ideas that might inspire you to launch your piece of writing.

When and Where might you travel?

(It's okay to come up with your own historical era to write about, if you're not inspired by any of ours!)

Who might go on this journey with you?

(It's okay to come up with your own companion ideas, if you're not inspired by any of ours!)



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