Friday, February 27, 2009

This Day in History...

It's time for you to make history! You are going on an orchestrated search that is short, but challenging. First, go to Then, follow these steps:

1) On the right side of the web page is a frame where you can put in a date so that you can see what happened in history on that day. Locate this frame. Next to it may be a label that tells you where to enter your date.

2) Enter your birth date (not including the year, of course).

3) Choose a topic from the drop down menu under the birth date so that you can refine your search. You may want to look at wars, literary milestones, or simply general interest.

4) Click GO.

When the page loads, you will get a historical event that happened on your birthday. Now, you will have to write about that event, but you will need to connect that event to you.

Ah, here's a challenge! You need to connect the event to your life: was it like something that happened to you, something that you can't imagine happening to you, something that you could care about - or, what would it be like if you were there during the time that the event happened? The objective of this activity is to get you to make connections and put you in the middle of history. After all, you're a writer: you will be an active chronicler of history, so start writing!

Your finished product can be as long or as short as you want. It can be fiction or non-fiction. You only need to make the connection and be creative. Post your work in the comments section, or provide a link to your work.

Good luck and happy writing!

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