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Lesson Plan

My Life/Your Life: A Look at Your Parents' Past

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Maureen Carroll

Pleasanton, California


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Computers with Internet access

  • The classroom computer with a projection screen

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Venn Diagram

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.


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1. Visit the sites listed in the Websites section. Bookmark these sites on the computers you will be using with students. If you do not have classroom computers available with Internet access, you will need to reserve two sessions in your school’s computer lab (see Sessions 2 and 3). In addition, if possible, arrange to use a classroom computer with Internet access and a projector for Session 1, Step 2.

2. The goal of this lesson is to help students make connections between their experiences and those of their parents through reflection and writing. You may wish to help students think about their relationships with their parents by looking at other examples of parent–child relationships. For example, as students are reading books, magazines, or informational websites, encourage them to observe how people relate to their parents. This may help broaden the scope of the lesson for students.

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