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Folklore Fair: Family Keepsakes Grade 7

Tenement Museum, Your Story , Our Story

Artifact Analysis

My Piece of History

  • Use the Question Formulation Technique linked here. Start listing your questions and wonderings about the keepsake from your family. Ask as many questions as you can without editing, turning statements into questions and writing at least three open ended questions that require  more synthesized answer.


  • Guiding questions:
  • What is it? Identify the object/keepsake
  • How was it used? Explain the function or what was it's purpose.
  • When did people use it or when was it created? Place the object/keepsake in its historical context, telling something about the period when it was new.
  • Why is it significant? Share memories associated with the object/keepsake or explain how it illustrates a facet of life in the past.
  • addition to describing the object or photograph, the information should identify its manufacturer, or the photographer the date when it was made, the materials used to make it, and how the family obtained it
  • Collect memories and personal observations about the object/keepsake


  • Keepsakes: anything people keep or give to someone else to keep
  • Heirlooms: any family possession passed down from generation to generation
  • Souvenirs: something kept or given for remembrance
  • Personal treasures: anything liked too much to give or throw away



  • Once you have questions that frame your research, go t the Helpful Links and Databases pages to start digging into your research.

About the family

  • Start a keepsake notebook:
  • How long has it been in your family?
  • Where did it come from?
  • Who were the original and other owners?
  • How was it handed down?
  • Do you know anything else about it (including stories?)

American Folklore Center: LOC

Writing an effective introductory paragraph

The three parts of any effective introduction

1.-HOOK: an attention-grabbing strategy that engages the reader (see separate
list). Effective hooks typically “begin somewhere else”

2-BRIDGE: A group of sentences that smoothly
shift the focus of the writing from the hook to the

3-MAIN TOPIC of the essay. An effective bridge is
perhaps the trickiest component of an engaging
introduction, as there is not one clear way to
accomplish this transition.

THESIS NOTE: The thesis does not
have to be the last sentence
of the introduction, but for
now you will put them there.

Thesis statements contain a
need to be an ARGUMENT the
essay will explain and prove.