Wellspring: An Intergenerational Historical Writing Project (The)
The Wellspring is an intergenerational project. Eighth grade English students meet with older citizens of the community to share and record their stories. Interviews are compiled into a booklet, called The Wellspring, which contains profiles of local citizens, historical information, stories, poems, and local legends. Students are taught the importance of preserving local history through writing. They recognize the historical value of this document. This could be valuable in any community but especially so in small communities where there may be no museum and/or no local newspaper. Students also recognize the philanthropic value of the book; it is a way of giving back to the community by capturing and preserving the places, faces, and stories that make the community unique.
6, 7, 8
Listening Comprehension, Literature, Mechanics, Process Skills, Reading, Speech, Writing (composition), Civics, Human Behavior, Human Relations, Sociology
Unit of instruction
Learning to Give