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Not Your Usual History Lesson: Writing Historical Markers

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Not Your Usual History Lesson: Writing Historical Markers

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Marcea K. Seible

Marcea K. Seible

Waterloo, Iowa


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology






  • Projector or interactive whiteboard to display images of historical markers and students’ work
  • Computers with internet access for class research (not needed if using books or textual resources)
  • Digital cameras (optional)

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  1. Research information and prepare any handouts/overheads showing pictures of a variety of historical markers in your town or greater community.
  2. Research other historic areas or buildings in your town, noting ones that are historical but that do not already have a marker designating them as such. Select 5-10 to use as class writing practice or for students who have difficulty finding topics of their own. Photocopy, print or record website information for sharing with the class.
  3. Gather books, articles, and other resources describing the history of your town or community. Collect copies of materials for the classroom, make copies available for student use in the school or town library, and/or prepare a bibliography of web sources and post in the classroom or on a class website.
  4. Secure cameras (digital or camera phone work best) for students to photograph their historical sites or provide pictures for them (optional).

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