In this writing assignment, students select one of twenty quotes from a list of various abolition leaders including Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Sarah and Angelina Grimke, William Lloyd Garrison (and others). Using a planning guide with analysis questions, students break down what they interpret to be the meaning of the quote and when and why the speaker would have said those words. From there, they write a fictitious journal entry, letter, or newspaper article that incorporates the quote and could have been written by the abolitionist.
The .doc version not does preserve the formatting or font but does allow for edits so that you could customize to your liking. Included in the file are: directions, planning guide and questions, twenty quotes, and a grading rubric (in checklist style so that you could apply weighted points to the various elements if desired).
This writing project engages students who like to imagine, create, and put themselves in others' shoes. You will be blown away by their ability to write from the perspective of someone else who cared about something so deeply---so much so that you forget that all but the quote itself are students' words.
Also included is a peer review checklist and a student sample.
*I used a font called "No Color" for the titles; it can be downloaded for free from www.dafont.com.
.zip file includes .doc and .pdf versions