1. Students are given different copies of vintage photographs from the local area and each write a paragraph describing what they think is happening in it. There are fourteen strategies for teaching students available at http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/score_lessons/content_area_literacy. Each has an indication of when in the lesson the strategy is appropriate and gives instructions for application in the classroom.
2. Students write a short fictional story based on the photograph.
3. http://coe.sdsu.edu/people/jmora/TE930LAR/GuidedStory.htm is a great website to use for this.
4. Students generate a list of questions related to the photograph.
5. Students write a series of descriptive sentences using a string of adjectives to identify people, places, or objects found in the photograph. Go to http://coe.sdsu.edu/people/jmora/GuidedWritingL2/ for several strategies to implement this lesson.
6. Students write a short biographical story based on the book, When I Was Young In The Mountains by Cynthia Rylant (ISBN# : 0-525-44198-0). After students have read about Lake Arrowhead's history in the Virtual Museum, the teacher reads Rylant's story aloud to the class. Students are then invited to discuss and/or brainstorm the differences between being young in the San Bernardino Mountains versus the Appalachian Mountains. Using Rylant's book as a pattern, students write and illustrate their own " When I Was Young in the Mountains" story, either as a group or individually. Provide paper, pencils, and crayons for each student.