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From Dawn to Dusk

School: Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences

City/State: Santa Fe, NM

Grade(s): 8

Format(s): Essay

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Social Studies

Type(s): Narrative

Writing Assignment Description

As part of an expedition on Child Labor and Human Rights, eighth-grade students at the Santa Fe School for the Arts and Sciences each wrote character profiles on child laborers. They explored human rights, especially as they relate to children and teens. Although the stories are fictional, they are based on the research each student undertook.

How This Writing Can Be Useful

  • Excellent example of a descriptive narrative text that flows with a clear beginning and end
  • Historically accurate fictional narrative built from realistic character’s perspective
  • Highlights a format that allows for a deeply personalized account of a child laborer

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can write narrative texts about real or imagined experiences using relevant details and event sequences that make sense.
  • I can use correct capitalization, punctuation and spelling to send a clear message to my reader.
  • I can produce clear and coherent writing that is appropriate to task, purpose and audience.
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