America's Folk Heroes

History Becomes Legend

Hello everyone!

What do you think of when you hear the name Johnny Appleseed? How about Pocahontas or St. Nicholas? They were real people, but what they are most known for has been exaggerated or altered so much that it is more legend than reality.

St. Nicholas DecorationWriting Prompt: Your writing challenge is to legendize a historical figure.

  1. Choose a historical figure and write a legend about him/her.
  2. Create a holiday celebrating that person or his/her legendary deed. What traditions mark this holiday? What are typical foods and decorations?
  3. Commercialize the celebration. How does commercialization affect the celebration and meaning of the holiday?

Happy writing!