Writing a Fantasy Story - Time Travel

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Grade Level
Middle School
Social Studies
Length of Time
1 hour

Students are to write a fantasy story about how they were in the present day setting and suddenly traveled back in time to the time of the Oregon Trail.

This will take more than an hour because they have to gather their information and plan their short story. You might have them gather their information in class and write their short story at home.


Students will learn:
About the Oregon Trail
To write a story about present day life and suddenly traveled back in time to the Oregon Trail and then back to the present day life.

Materials Needed

Social Studies Book
Note cards to take notes about the Oregon Trail
Notebook paper
Pencils and erasers for notes
Pens and white outs for their essay


First, students will gather information about the Oregon Trail. They will take notes as they read.

Then, they will write a short story about how they were living in the present and how they suddenly came to travel back in time to the Oregon Trail and how they returned to their present life.

Their short story needs to cover the following questions:

What they were doing in the present?

What happened to them to travel back in time to the Oregon Trail?

How did they feel about what happened?

What did they do on the Oregon Trail?

How did they return to their present life?

Did they remember what happened to them?

How did their family and friends react to their situation?

When they have finished their short story, they can submit it to you for grading.


You can grade the students on the structure of their short story, the accuracy of the information about the Oregon Trail, sentence structure, paragraph structure, English grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

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