Third Grade Goes Journaling Through History
Before Spring Break, the third graders officially finished their Mayflower Journal writing projects. The students then read their journals to each other and reflected on the project. What makes this project work is it introduces students to the idea of perspective to reading and writing. In addition, student engage in critical thinking, and this kind of thinking helps students to be better readers and writers.
Writing a historical fiction journal requires knowledge of the genre as well as a deep understanding of the time period about which the students are writing. The students visited Plimoth Plantation, each chose a Pilgrim and wrote five entries from his or her perspective, as if they were crossing the ocean on the Mayflower and landing in Plimoth. They wrote drafts, edited, made final copies, painted pages with coffee to “age” them, and bound it all together.
For this project, the class built upon the foundational skills they learned with their First Grade animal research paper and their Second grade Wax Museum figure by working in a challenging writing genre and integrating their knowledge from field trips and research.