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Jacquelynn Pleis

Jacquelynn Pleis




Centennial, CO

"Even in a standards-based environment, creation is the heart of teaching. Using ReadWriteThink resources inspires creativity that affects student achievement."

Jacquelynn Pleis's Story
ReadWriteThink Inspires Cultural Exploration

Our fifth graders study their culture as a culminating experience to their elementary years. Similar to a science fair, the cultural fair allows students to highlight their culture through artifacts, posters, computer presentations, and more!

In my search for ways to assist my students in researching their family history as part of their exhibit, I found the lesson Exploring and Sharing Family Stories on ReadWriteThink.org. This lesson showed me how to add a new dimension to my students’ cultural fair projects—the family interview and narrative.

After students complete the interview and write a narrative, they send a thank-you note and a copy of the narrative to the person they interviewed. Each year, I have kids who love this project so much that they interview more than one family member in search of more clues to their family history!


Grades   3 – 5  |  Activity & Project

Creating Family Timelines

Children can interview family members and make an illustrated timeline of the most important family events and memories.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Exploring and Sharing Family Stories

Writing gets personal when students interview family members in order to write a personal narrative about that person.