I’m a big fan of having students create “What If?” history projects (see The Best Resources For Teaching “What If?” History Lessons).

A few months ago, the Scientific American announced a contest inviting readers to contribute short personal “What If?” stories (see Writing Personal “What If?” Moments For Class & For….Scientific American Magazine).

I had never thought of using the concept in that way, and thought it could be a fun writing exercise to use with students.

Now, the magazine has published contributions from the winners. Which means that now we have examples we can show to students!