One skill that I was very focused on ensuring that my students gained from our class was the basic ability to write a good history essay. Naturally we are not going to make all of our students excellent historical writers in just three and a half weeks, but we can introduce them to the skills and organization to better prepare them for high school, whether they are going into the freshmen or senior year. To help our students respond to the prompt we provided them, which asked about the ideal American Dream and its creation during the 1950s, we introduced the basic outline of a five paragraph essay and walked them through an example about high school, a topic they can all understand. Once we walked through the model, we handed out copies of the graphic organizer to all of our students and introduced the prompt on the board. We intitiated silence and circled to room to make sure that all of our students were on task and clear with the instruction. This activity specifically exemplified the broad range of literacies in our classroom but also encouraged our students to put all that they had learned onto paper and to defend the opinions and ideas they had generated.
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