STANDARD: Production and Distribution of Writing:
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
GRADES: Six through eight
History and English language arts practically go hand in hand. In the study of history, students are required to read about about the past, make sense of that history, and write about it as they understand it or how it relates to them. Writing about history can have many different prompts for student compositions.
An example of a writing prompt for students that can be tied into history is asking students to write about what their favorite project in school has been so far. Students may not see that they’re writing about history since it may be recent, but that can spark a class dialogue about what history means before leading into the writing portion of the lesson plan.
Once students have written about their favorite project, have a few students volunteer and read what they wrote. This is a way for students to practice their speaking skills while their peers listen.
- Discuss what history means. Use this time to explain that history is simply past events, no matter how recent or far in the past those events took place. It’s all history.
- Have students write about their favorite project in school so far in their notebooks.
- Have students read what they wrote.