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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
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Kristina McLaughlin

Kristina McLaughlin

East Palestine, Ohio


International Literacy Association


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Luann McVey

March 04, 2014

This is a brilliant unit. You did a lovely job of weaving together the article and the activities, culminating with a product that touches hearts through the web of family. I hope to use your work as the basis for a cultural event in which Alaska Native students interview and write about their elders.
Thank you!


Randall L. Carswell

August 29, 2012

THank you for the resources and ideas!!! We are using elements of this lesson plan to help our seventh graders prepare to interview their parent(s) about their experience when they attended the seventh grade. This information will help refine our activity and bridge the new C.C.S.S...interviewing parents, about their experiences when they were in the same grade their child is currently attending, builds many bridges between the student and parent...students are surprised that their parents were ever young and experienced some of the same things they'll face and parents are a little more understanding and helpful, with their child, as they reflect on their own personal experiences! HORMONES are still the same "opportunities" from generation to generation!


Cindy Flegenheimer

January 22, 2012

I love the lesson. Just FYI, the link to Mark Faust's article does not work. Thanks for the great ideas organizing this type of lesson, however!



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