Family Tree In Reading class we have been focusing on nonfiction: biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. The students have already written a poem about "where they are from." We recently read of piece by Alex Haley, the author of Roots, entitled "My Farthest-Back Person." Haley's quest to find out who his ancestors were opened his eyes about where he came from and who he was. A family tree is a perfect way for students to learn about where they came from. I hope that you get involved with your son or daughter as they complete this assignment, and as a family discover your past.