Families come in different forms and experience life in different ways, but one thing unites them – a desire to be together. A dictionary definition of family includes terms like social group, parents, children, and households, but we all know that family means much more than that. In Unit 6, you observe many different types of families, from the traditional to the newer structures that exist today. In this assignment, you are asked to choose a type of family other than your own and describe what it would be like to grow up in that family.

· Select a family type other than your own from Unit 6. Then imagine what your experience might be as a child growing up in that family. Note: that you need to use facts to support your writing.

· Write a memoir of those experiences that includes:

· The family structure: Did two parents, one parent, or grandparents raise you? Describe the people who fit the role of a parent – their gender, economic status, and parenting style (authoritarian, permissive, uninvolved, authoritative. Use this link for more information on 
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· Describe where you live – the type of neighborhood and home (for example, an urban neighborhood and an apartment, a suburban neighborhood and a townhouse or single-family home, or a rural neighborhood and a farmhouse.

· Describe the cultural influences on the family – either due to ancestry, religion, or social connections

· Describe the families rules

· Recount what was expected of you – chores, achievements, extracurricular activities

· Describe a family tradition such as birthday and holiday celebrations or other special occasions. Include a detailed description of the foods you might have eaten and the things you might have done during the occasion.

Things to remember:

· This memoir requires you to use your imagination and create a fictional character growing up in a family unlike the one in which you grew up.

· Though fictional, your character and family must be based on researched facts.

· There should be a minimum of 5 well-developed paragraphs.

· Proofread before submitting.

Statements about the lifestyle of your adopted family must be based on facts, and those need to be referenced. Your source material must be academically credible and validated using in-text citations and references in APA format.

Estimated time to complete: 3 to 4 hours

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