BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

The Adirondack Child 100 Years Ago
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Grade: 3rd Grade Author: Hollie Combs
Queensbury School
NYS Content Area Standard:
English Language Arts:
Standard 1: Language for Information and Understanding
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Human History
Performance Indicators:

Transmits information requiring... interpreting information in one's own words... presenting information clearly & concisely

Keywords: Family history, writing process
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: What was a child's life like 100 years ago in a rural community in the Adirondacks?
Context:

Students should be familiar with the writing process: draft, revise, final copy. The author of this challenge had a local performer visit her classroom as an artist-in-residence. She was dressed in period costume as the well known regional writer, Jeanne Robert Foster. An interactive presentation was given for the students about growing up in the Adirondacks 100 years ago. The artist became a resource, in addition to other primary resources and reference books on local history. Children should also be encouraged to interview their grandparents and other older relatives and/or neighbors.

The teacher needs to arrange for resources and determine the time schedule and deadline for this project, as well as any specific requirements as to length and size of the storybooks. Small groups of no more than 6 students are suggested for peer editing, prior to handing in the projects.

The Challenge:

Plan and create an informative and colorful storybook about the life of a nine year old child living in the Adirondacks a 100 years ago. You should use the writing process (draft, revise, final copy) to create your book. Your book must include a cover, title page, and dedication page. The text and illustrations should be neat and easy to read.

 

Note: Storyteller Eileen Egan Mack was the artist-in-residence for this project.

Arts Forever Wild 2 Artists-in-Residence Project

Quality Standards:

Book

  • Finished on time.
  • Writing process is used to create the book
  • Book’s main character is a nine year old child living in the Adirondacks over 100 years ago
  • All book parts included (cover, title page, dedication page).
  • Informative- the book gives reader correct information.

Student Examples

  • High quality- neat handwriting and illustrations
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Book

  •  Finished on time
  • Writing process is used to create the book
  • Book's main character is a nine year old child living in the Adirondacks over 100 years ago
  •  All book parts included (cover, title page, dedication page).
  •  Informative- the book gives reader correct information.
  • High quality- neat handwriting and illustrations

Actively participated in peer editing

Presented or display book upon completion

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