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When you're writing historical fiction, the past really can become the present — especially if you're writing in the present continuous tense! Cover World War I, verb tenses, censorship, and letter writing with one informative instructional activity and presentation.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members respond to each other's letters in character 
  • Connect to a lesson on wartime censorship
Classroom Considerations
  • Teaches the present continuous tense, which is also known as the present progressive tense
  • Refer to the attached materials for student resources
  • Provide learners with prior information on World War I
  • Designed for high schoolers, but applicable for middle schoolers learning about World War I as well
Pros
  • Provides a presentation with images from the war
  • An ideal cross-curricular assignment between social studies and language arts
Cons
  • None