Use your imagination and
your research to think about what life might have been like for you if
you had been living in 1864.
Remember that you'll write
your narrative from the point of view of your character: the
Navajo boy or girl, the
emigrant from the Eastern United States, the
Spanish-speaking child, or the
You may need to do more research to find out more about what everyday
life would have been like for a person of your culture.
Here are some questions to
consider. Remember to base your answers on the identity you have chosen.
When you have investigated your
- In what sort of community
do you live? What do people do for a living?
- What is your home like?
What do you eat? What work do you have to do?
- What kind of education
do you have?
- Where is your family from
originally? What languages do you and your family speak?
- How do you dress? Are
there any special foods, celebrations or beliefs (including community
and religious) which are unique to your family or community?
- What do you think or feel
about the relocation of the Navajos?
- Write a draft narrative
using your imagination and research.
- In your narrative, describe
yourself, your family and what your life is like.
- Make sure your work is
at least two (2) pages long.
- Include information you
found from your resources and the questions you answered.
- Concentrate on vivid descriptions
which will help your reader feel what it was like to live in 1864 from
the viewpoint of your character.
Be sure to visit the Resources
page for tips on how to use vivid descriptions to enhance your writing.
When you are finished drafting
your narrative, get back together with your group and give each other
feedback using the Digging Deeper questions
as a guide.