War Stories: Historic Fiction Blogging

 War Stories: Historic Fiction Blogging

Time to complete: 12 weeks

Teacher Directions:
Although the standard for ELA and History seem pretty straight forward, with the use of technology there is an opportunity to allow students to embrace what they are learning and put it in their own words using Historical Fiction accounts by way of blogs.  

Students will write about a fictional individual who lived during an American war (The American Revolution, The Civil War, etc…).  They may choose to be on either side of the conflict and may be either male or female.  The story must include factual historical information but may not be directly about a famous person.  The story must also express the human impact of the conflict and will be written as a letter or journal.  The story will be written and posted in a blog maintained by the student and additional stories will be created for the descendants of this original character.

The information that the students will gather will come from the research  and class materials.  This allows the student to dive into their skills of research and writing to lay out all their facts. Once all the blogs are done and have been peer and instructor reviewed over the course of the unit, the goal is to be able to put them together to form a narrative of the historical truths and views of each time period.  Giving the students the opportunity to immerse themselves into a time period that they once had no concept of and relaying emotions and feelings that they imagined brings to light how the realization of human sacrifice and suffering has affected them through the hands on research and application is expressed in their end result.  

Student Directions

As we examine the effects that wars and times of peace have had on the history of the United States, it is important that we ask good questions.  By thinking about more than just who fought, when and where; we will be able to discover more about our society and ourselves.  As we move forward we will use this blog space to post our thoughts about the meaning and effects of warfare.  In  order to collaborate on this idea each person will be responsible for a series of assignments.

Write a personal journal entry as if you were someone who lived during the French and Indian war. Think carefully about the effects that conflicts have on soldiers, commanders, and civilians.  and think about how stories and information is passed through generations in a family.  You will right a blog entry for each war as the descendants of this first person so be careful how you create this first because you will need to link all the journals together and the more you plan and setup for this the easier it will be.

For this lesson the focus will be on the North Carolina Common Core Writing Standards:  Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects 6-12.  This standard states:
2. Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical processes.
a. Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories as appropriate to achieving purpose; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and  multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
b. Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
c. Use appropriate and varied transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
e. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone.
f. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.
Additionally this lesson uses the NC Essential Standards 8. C.1.3;
Summarize the contributions of particular Groups to the Development of North Carolina and the United States.