1. Topic-
Family History
2. Content-
Ths students will listen to The Always Prayer Shawl and as a class will complete the Venn Diagram. Students will be given the task of interviewing an older family member or friend to write a similar story of historical change or about an item handed down through their family.
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
b. Describe how everyday life of these historical figures is similar to and different from everyday life in the present (food, clothing, homes, transportation, communication, recreation, rights, and freedoms).

ELA2R4 The student uses a variety of strategies to gain meaning from grade-level text. The student:
c. Generates questions before, during, and after reading.

ELA2W2 The student produces a narrative that:
d. Includes the appropriate purpose, expectations, and length for the audience and genre.
4. Objectives-
1.Students will compare/contrast character life in the past and present.
Students will tell the story of an item passed down through their family.
2.Students will interview a family member or friend to complete writing.
3.Students will bring prewriting(Venn diagram, interview) to class to complete writing assignment.
5. Materials and Aids-
Venn Diagram
"The Always Prayer Shawl" by Sheldon Oberman
Hand-held recorders
Interview questions
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1.Talk about family stories that are shared.
2.Read aloud.
3.Question and answer time.

B. Development-

1.Complete Venn diagram
2.Come up with interview questions and give blank Venn diagram to use.
3.Share sample story written by teacher.

C. Practice-

1.Assist students in choosing a person to interview.
2.Guide students in developing specific questions.

D. Independent Practice-

1.Students complete interviews over the course of a week and weekend.
2.After 7 days, students bring prewriting to class .
3.Student write their story and submit to classmate(s) for peer revision.
4. Rewrite with revisions.

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

1.Help students locate a person to interview(use other staff and faculty members if needed.)
2.Provide list of premade questions.
3.Allow recorded interviews and provide handheld recorders-teacher assist with dictation.

F. Checking for understanding-

Allow students to share aloud their stories and the process of gathering information for the assignment.

G. Closure-

Give opportunity for students to bring item or have family member visit the classroom.
7. Evaluation-
Use scoring rubric to provide students with feedback.

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