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Girls Around the World: Communicating Through First-Person Narratives
Overview Procedures for Teachers Organizers for Students

Student teams will research daily contemporary life of girls around the world, and then write first person narratives from the point of view of girls in selected world cultures. Lesson will culminate with students impersonating these women through e-mail correspondence with each other.

Grade Level: 6-12

Time Allotment: 9 standard periods (40-45 minutes)

Subject Matter: Language Arts, History, Law and Government, Sociology

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Develop an awareness of the daily life of girls in other cultures.
  • Work collaboratively.
  • Write a narrative from another's perspective.
  • Use online information for research, publication, and communication.


From the National Standards for United States and World History (5-12), National Center for History in the Schools, 1996

Standards in Historical Thinking
    Standard 2. Economic, social, and cultural developments in contemporary United States.
    Standard 3. Historical Analysis and Interpretation.
      B. Compare and contrast differing sets of ideas, values, personalities, behaviors, and institutions. G. Consider multiple perspectives.

From the New York City English Language Arts Performance Standards
    Standard 2. Writing.
      E2c The student produces a narrative account (fictional or autobiographical).
    Standard 5. Literature.
      E5b The student produces work in at least one literary genre that follows the conventions of the genre.

From the National Educational Technology Standards for Students
    Standard 4. Technology communication tools
      Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences

This lesson was prepared by: Thomas Beard Trocco