Imagine Your Story: All About You! June 4

hls summer reading week 1 all about you

Welcome to the HLS summer reading program! Each week we’ll talk about a different type of story through books, writing, and crafts and activities. This week we are exploring personal narratives and family trees.

Story Time!

This is one of my favorite books: Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman

Activity Time!

How many of these items can you find around your house? Give yourself one point for every family artifact you find.

  • Birth certificate
  • Baby book
  • Family bible
  • Obituary
  • Newspaper clipping about a relative
  • Wedding pictures
  • Picture of your parents as a child
  • Picture of your grandparents as a child
  • School project by your parents or an aunt or uncle
  • Military uniform or discharge papers
  • Baby outfit
  • Funeral card
  • Old postcards
  • Letters your relatives wrote to each other
  • Yearbook
  • Scrapbook
  • Quilt, needlework, or clothing a relative made
  • Toy that belonged to your parents or grandparents
  • Jewelry that belonged to your grandparents


  • 15–20 points: WOW! Amazing job!
  • 8–15 points: Great work!
  • 1–7 points: Keep looking for more family history!

Take a picture of all of the things you find and send it to me, post it in a comment, or share it on social media with the hashtag #HLSSummerReading. Happy searching!

Writing Time!

We should be just about finished writing our personal narrative. Today, write a closing to your story. How should your story end?

Even when you have finished writing your story, that doesn’t mean you are finished. There are still many things we need to do before we are truly at THE END. This is called editing. Are there places that we can change or fix things to make our story better?

Share your photos of your family artifacts in the comments or on social media using the hashtag #HLSSummerReading!

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