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Title: Kindred (Family History) Project


Students research events in the lives of members of their family or local community to find the impact of world or local history.


Students are asked to interview member of their immediate family (mother, father, brothers, sisters), extended family (grandparents, uncles, aunts), neighbours or friends in the local community. They should ask them about experiences in their life that have been affected by the events of world or local history. Events may include war, natural disasters, migration, important discoveries, monuments, famous places and so on. Students should focus on the impact for the family.


  • Judy Barr, Australia



Student Age Levels

5-11 (Primary), 12-14 (Middle), 15-18 (Secondary)


Starting January 2019 - Final Story Submission 30 April 2019

Possible classroom activities

A local citizen may be invited to the classroom to tell the students about an event in the past that impacted their life. Students write the biography of the person.

Students may interview a relative about their life and write a biography about the person.

Students may work with another class and compare historical events in different places.

Themes include migration, wars, natural disasters, education, sport.

Expected outcomes

An anthology of stories from different countries.

Group contributions to others and/or the planet:

Students gain a greater understanding of themselves as a member of their local community and learn about life in other countries through the events that shape the life of other contributors.

Curriculum area

Social Studies, Language, History

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