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Instructional Time: 55 minutes a day for 2 days

Vocabulary around genealogy; then students fill out family tree, do family research on line (if affordable). Short Essay Choice: Write a short essay about your favorite relative or tell us a memorable story about a relative. OR Interview a living relative to find out more about your roots.

California Content Standards
English and Language Arts
Grade Eleven
ELA.11.2.0. Writing Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)
ELA.11.2.1. Write fictional, autobiographical, or biographical narratives:
a. Narrate a sequence of events and communicate their significance to the audience.
b. Locate scenes and incidents in specific places.
c. Describe with concrete sensory details the sights, sounds, and smells of a scene and the specific actions, movements, gestures, and feelings of the characters; use interior monologue to depict the characters' feelings.
d. Pace the presentation of actions to accommodate temporal, spatial, and dramatic mood changes.
e. Make effective use of descriptions of appearance, images, shifting perspectives, and sensory details.
Written and Oral English Language Conventions
ELA.11.1.0. Written and Oral English Language Conventions
ELA.11.1.1. Demonstrate control of grammar, diction, and paragraph and sentence structure and an understanding of English usage.
ELA.11.1.2. Produce legible work that shows accurate spelling and correct punctuation and capitalization.

1.Family Tree on-lineWeb Site
2.Resources for GenealogyWeb Site
3.Family TreeHandout

Method of Checking for Understanding:
Student Work