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In Search of A Story: The Children of Castle Tucker

writingIn Search of a Story: The Children of Castle Tucker, is a language arts-based program geared to a middle school audience. A visit to Castle Tucker is the centerpiece of a unit that includes researching and writing a short piece of historic fiction using one of the five Tucker children as a main character.

Before the visit, students receive an electronic resource binder filled with family letters, photographs, and other primary-source documents to refer to throughout the unit. A museum educator visits the classroom to introduce the property and the family that lived there and to lead a The Price is Right-style game based on Tucker family receipts.

During the two-and-a-half-hour field trip, students engage in a series of pre-writing exercises in the house and on the grounds, play croquet, and do a dramatic reading of a nineteenth-century farce, The Two Puddifoots, once performed by the Tucker children. Back in the classroom, they produce the finished product, a short piece of historic fiction set at Castle Tucker.

Available:
Weekdays, April - OctoberTwo Puddifoots
Grades 6 - 9

Full Program Includes:

  • 1.5-hour pre-visit lesson in the classroom
  • 2.5-hour field trip

Maximum Group Size: 30 students

Cost:

  • Up to 15 students $75
  • 16-30 students $150

Type of Program:
Field Trips, Summer Programs

Related Topics:
Family

Request this program:
Telephone: 207-384-2454
Email:MaineEd@historicnewengland.org

In Search of A Story: The Children of Castle Tucker