This idea, and many of the keys, came from a colleague of mine. Here’s how it worked: I got enough keys for all my students, and then made a tag for each key with a single, made-up line from a story. I threw the keys in a jar, and each student got to pick out a key. The assignment was simple: tell a story that makes that line make sense
Cynthia Ann Parker was a woman of European descent who had been kidnapped by the Comanche in 1836. She grew up around them and eventually married the war chief Peta Nocona and had three children. However her family never gave up hope of regaining her. At the battle of Pease River they got their wish. Cynthia along with her child was recaptured. This picture was printed in almost every paper.
I just ordered "The Story of the World," and am saving this pin for when it arrives. There are so many amazing science and math and writing homeschooling activities, but so few good ones for history, and this book sounds fantastic! The kids are going to love the "build the Nile in your backyard" and "make a raft" activities.