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Genealogical Tree

My family fantastic history

At the end of this mission, you will be able to talk about your family, its history and the relationship among the different members.  

You will work the writing and speaking skills.

Let's try to imagine a new history of your family: its past, its main facts. You can create a text (or a comic) with a possible history of your family past situated in a different place, in a different time. What could you invent? Maybe you could ask your parents, grands, brothers and sisters... They could give you some ideas.

A special tree

In this project, each one of you are going to work with the actual history of your family. Along this mission, you should investigate about the history of your family. You are going to create your family tree.

Family tree
Sandy Brown Jensen. Family tree with the Obamas... (CC BY-SA)

Your final mission will be to create a post in which you will present our Family tree with a digital tool or with some photos if we decided to draw it in a piece of card. The 'Rubric to assess a family tree' will help us know how to do a great job.

Steps for our mission

Previous investigation

Let's talk with your parents and grandparents, also uncles and cousins. Ask for them to give you information about other relatives in order to create your family as big as we can. Another good option is to bring any of your relatives to your class. Maybe your parents can help you with this task. 

Creating the tree

There are two options to show the final product:

  • Big piece of cardboard: try to be creative, original. It will be a product you will have for the future.
  • If you prefer, there are some tools that can help you to create this final product: 'Family Tree: MyHeritage'

If you choose the last option the Tutorial my Heritage could help you to work properly with the digital tool.

Dissemination

You can include the poster into our blog. 

Don't forget to identify the post with the tag "The History of my family".

If we want, your teacher can disseminate your post using the Twitter account of the classroom. To do so,  you have to write down the tweet for the teacher. Remember: 

  • You can use 280 characters.
  • Include the link to your post. 
  • Use the hashtag of the project: #EDIAfamily

The 'Rubric to assess a tweet' will help you know how to do a great job. 

Before posting your text, ask your colleagues to check your work and make suggestions, corrections... You must do the same work with some of your mates' outcomes, too. Don't be afraid. Making mistakes is a good way to learn!

With this task, you have learnt lots of new things about your family and its own history.

Learning Diary

It's time to continue with our Learning Diary. take into account that it helps you reflect on what you are learning in this project. 

Let's go back to the document we opened in the previous mission as a Learning Diary. Below our previous writing you will create a new section entitled: 'Genealogical tree'. We will reflect about our learning using the following questions:

  • What are the most difficult aspects?
  • What tool was the most difficult for you to work with?
  • What do you think is the most important aspect you have learned?
  • Are there any aspects you did not understand?

Remember it would be great if you shared these feelings and thoughts with your classmates. You will have 10 or 15 minutes to complete this part.