Back From the Future

Language Arts Activity

Archaeologists of the far future discover a well-preserved structure believed to date back to the twentieth-century United States. What might they find and how might they interpret the strange artifacts they uncover?

In this creative writing assignment, your students assume the role of future archaeologists excavating the remains of an ancient twentieth-century classroom (or other site of your choice). Have students theorize about the past uses of the room and the objects they find in it.



  1. Select the objects in the classroom to be "found" and studied by the archaeological team. You might tag each "artifact" with a number and allow students to pick numbers from a container. You may also wish to have one or more students report on the room itself (its shape; its possible use -- for example, throne room, home, or tomb).

  2. Assign each archaeologist to report (orally or in essay form) on a particular artifact. Students should:



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