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Exploring and Sharing Family Stories

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Seven 45-minute class sessions, plus time for interviews and writing
Lesson Author

Kristina McLaughlin

Kristina McLaughlin

East Palestine, Ohio

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

Calendar Activities

Podcast Episodes

 

CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 11

Alex Haley, author of Roots, was born in 1921.

Students explore their own roots by interviewing family members and use their family history to write a fictional account of their roots.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 7

Sherman Alexie was born in 1966.

Students imagine they have been asked to participate in a museum exhibit, take photos/videos of a significant location, and write or record reflections. Students can also create an exhibit from something they have read.

 

Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 7

Today is National Grandparents Day.

National Grandparents Day, first proposed in 1970, was officially proclaimed in 1978.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 28

The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded in 1986.

Students interview a parent or another adult about the Challenger and hypothesize about differences. Students can also write about the Columbia disaster in 2003.

 

Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 1

Celebrate National Family Literacy Day!

Parents, grandparents, and other family members are invited to the classroom for a family-school reading day.

 

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PODCAST EPISODES

Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode

Celebrating Grandmothers

Explore books that celebrate relationships with grandmothers and learn how even across different cultures a grandmother's love is the same.

 

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