Tip of the Week

April 27, 2020

Create a Personal Historical Record

When students read history, they’re usually learning about events that happened long before their lifetime and to other people. Today, though they may not realize it, students are living through their own historical moment in time. We learn a lot about history and how people felt at the time through personal letters, journals, and diaries. By chronicling the spring and summer of COVID-19 in letters to relatives and friends, a journal, or a diary, your child can become a historian and create an important record of these times. Through their writing, students can capture what’s happening in the world around them and share their feelings, thoughts, and observations in real time. And in a personal history there are no wrong answers! This is a fun way to engage in writing practice that is personal, interesting, and immediately relevant.