In Search of a Story

Use history to inspire creative writing

At Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Become an author of historical fiction while exploring the museum and landscape at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm. Students gain historical research skills by studying authentic documents in order to inspire their own creative writing.

First, museum teachers visit the classroom to acquaint students with primary sources, including portraits, diaries, census records, and maps. Later, during a visit to the farm, students use what they have learned to create an authentic setting for their stories, exploring the museum’s interiors, landscape, and artifacts to recreate a historical time and place.

Teachers may choose from two studies: the family of Nathaniel Tracy, Newburyport merchant during the American Revolution, or the family of Offin Boardman, merchants and farmers of the early republic.


Program Details

Available weekdays, April through December, for grades 4 – 9.

Maximum Group Size: 50 students. Cost: $9 per student. Includes one-hour program at your site and two-and-a-half-hour visit to the museum.

Type of Program: Field Trips

Related Topics: Family

Curriculum Links

Connections to Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for grade 5:

History and Social Science (adopted 2003)

Concepts and Skills: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14

Learning Standards: 5.10, 5.11, 5.12, 5.14b, 5.18, 5.27, 5.28, 5.31, 5.32, 5.33

View full frameworks from the Massachusetts Department of Education

English Language Arts and Literacy (adopted March 2011, page numbers from Common Core document linked below)

Reading: 3 and 9 (p. 12)

Writing: 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 9b (pp. 20-21)

Speaking and Listening: 1a, 1b, 1d (p. 24)

Reading: 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6 (p. 36)

Writing: 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 7 (pp. 43-44)

Speaking and Listening: 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2, 3 and 4 (pg 49)

View full Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy

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