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Samantha Monaco

Biography Module

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Here is the link to my annotations for the reading, "Reading in the content areas: Fictional biographies and diaries for social studies" by Dee C. Storey. I really enjoyed this article and whoever picked this did a great job. It was full of information and it was clear cut.


"Writing Prompt 1: The time is 1865 and the Civil War had just ended. Imagine you are soldier coming home from war. Write a short story in your “diary” using the first person narrative and describe your experience during this time. Compare and contrast the stories with your classmates paying close attention to how the stories differ or how they are similar."

Dear Diary,

I can't believe that it has finally arrived. It is time for me to come home. I have fought so hard and never thought this day would come. This has been an experience that I will never forget. The things that I have seen, the things that I have done. These are all things I would've never thought I would do. The environment I have been in, the way I have slept, are all things that I wish upon nobody. I have faced nights of sleeping on the cold ground. I have had nights where I couldn't sleep at all. In order to get through these days, I just imagined what it would be like when I finally got out. How it would be when I could go home to my own bed. The bed that I had slept in every night leadng up to my listing in the war. These are the things that pushed me through. I can't wait to officially be home and see my family. I can't wait to watch my children run through the yard in freedom. Freedom. Something I haven't known in quite some time. I'm thankful to be alive. I'm thankful to be breathing after all of this time. There were points where I truly didn't think I would ever get to say, "I'm coming home." And now, it is here.


"Tell the class your story in the best way possible. If music influences you, then write a song. If you like pictures then make a picture collage. If you like to write, write a short story. Include details about yourself such as interests, passions, your birthday, key people in your life, and/or anything that makes you, you. There are no parameters with this project, so have fun and be creative."


Above, you can get a great sense of my story. My story is full of family, friends, my puppy and laughter. I enjoy living life to the fullest and enjoying each and every moment with loved ones. Pictured above is my (left-right, top-bottom) boyfriend, brother, father, puppy, mother and work friends. I hope this gives everyone a better sense of who I am.