Great historical events often have deep effects upon the people who live through them. Depending on the person and the situation, those effects can be very different.
You are going to read a short article about the Dust Bowl days in American history titled “Black Blizzard.” You will also look at some photographs taken during that time period. As you read and study the photographs, think about how this experience may have affected the individual people who lived through it.
Finally, you will write a narrative, showing how a particular small moment during this experience affected one person.
Remember, a good narrative:
- Establishes a clear point of view
- Focuses closely on one character or characters
- Uses strong sensory details to make the character(s) and event come alive
- Uses precise language
- Concludes effectively
Here are your choices for your narrative:
- A young child watching the “black blizzard” rolling in over the plains
- A young child, watching a tractor knock down his family home in Oklahoma, several years into the Dust Bowl drought
- A mother sitting on her front steps in a migrant camp in California
- An unemployed father, arriving at a squatter camp in California from Oklahoma
You will have three class periods to complete this reading/thinking/writing task. The narrative will have a single draft, and you may want to take some time to plan your writing before you begin work. When you have finished, be sure to proofread.