To write the past

For about a week, I’ve been seeing posts about renaming Columbus Day to honor the people who had already settled the western hemisphere before Columbus arrived. It made me think about writing factual and fictional histories. Here are some prompts for young students, but anyone can use them.

Writing prompts for social studies / history


Historically accurate

Writing history or historical fiction takes research if you want to get it right. These photos are among the sorts of things I’d put on my wall or computer screen if I were writing about WWI.
I always look for images to help build the places in my imagination. One of my favorite sources is the Library of Congress. LOC photo collections are fabulous. Check them out after you look at these.

These Unseen Photos From World War I Are Unbelievable