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Kids and teens should read and write even when they are out of school. Why is this so important?

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Explore Summers Past and Present

 

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Explore Summers Past and Present

Grades 5 – 10
Activity Time 30 to 45 minutes (plus additional time to make a poster)
Publisher International Reading Association
 

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Why This Is Helpful

 

Activity Description

Whether it is a special song, a favorite movie, or a family vacation, everyone has special summer memories that are fun to share. In this activity, children think about their own memories and answer questions before asking the same questions of someone older. After comparing summer stories, work together to make a poster that shows what is the same and what is different.

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Why This Is Helpful

Learning to ask questions, listen carefully to the answers, and write down the information is important because it will help children and teens with the kinds of research and writing projects they will be assigned in middle and high school. This interviewing activity is also a fun way to practice making comparisons. Asking children to think and write about both their own memories and those of other people can help them become more thoughtful readers and writers.

This activity was modified from the ReadWriteThink lesson plans “My Life/Your Life: A Look at Your Parents’ Past” and “Exploring and Sharing Family Stories.”

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