Writing Assignment Description:
Eighth grade students at Pioneer Charter School (now Polaris Expeditionary Learning School) in Fort Collins, Colorado created a historical character file as part of a learning expedition on slavery. The process took two months and included multiple drafts of writing and art work. Each file contains a portrait, a narrative/biography, a character map, a bibliography, and artifacts based on the character’s life.
How This Writing Can Be Useful:
- Historically accurate fictional narrative built from realistic character’s perspective
- Highlights a format that allows for a deeply personalized account of an historical period
- Thoughtful and skilled use of detail to increase reader engagement
Common Core State Standards
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