People’s History

Why do this project?

If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten  – Rudyard Kipling

Many interesting things have happened to ordinary people which are almost forgotten. By writing them down for others to read, we make sure they are remembered. Even though these events or experiences are not well-known or previously recorded in detail, they are still an important part of human history. Everyday events can be incredibly interesting, and it is important to write about them so that they are not hidden. Everyone in our society has a story to tell. By sharing these stories publicly, children learn that they can give a voice to those people who would never otherwise have had an audience.

People’s history writing has strong elements of memoir, although the writer will not be writing about their own experiences. Instead they will be writing about other people they know personally or have heard of through family members, friends or the community. This project encourages a great sense of community. By bringing in and celebrating stories from outside your school, you can strengthen and enhance the sense of community and connection inside the classroom. There may well be gains, too, for the person being interviewed.

This class writing project provides you with:

+ Comprehensive teacher notes:

  • Suggestions for both year group and whole school writing progression
  • Advice for teachers on how to write great mentor texts
  • Over 35 writing study and functional grammar mini-lessons
  • Suggested book list for your classroom library

+ Our popular and photocopiable child-facing Genre Booklet which includes:

  • Year 4 purpose and audience writing wheel
  • Publishing and performance menu
  • 4 exemplar texts
  • Idea generation techniques
  • Dabbling and drafting advice
  • Revision checklist
  • Editing checklist

+ Our quick guide to teaching writing



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