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Many teenagers could care less about what happened in 1776, but the fight for independence is something that is close to their hearts. Almost every teenager starts trying to become more independent from their parents much like the colonists where fighting from independence from their parents.
Included in this folder is the prompt, a GRASPS (Goal, Role, Audience, Situation, Product, and Standard) organizer, a four square graphic organizer, and a sample starter paragraph.
Students will be able to use the information they learned during an American Revolution unit to make a real world connection to themselves. With the students as the colonists and the school or their parents as the British, the students are able to write an essay that is personal to them with a connection to the beginnings of the United States.
Students can use the GRASPS and four square to focus and organize their writing. 8th Graders at my building have seen their scores increase dramatically since the introduction of these two graphic organizers into their writing process. This past year our 8th graders were 94% proficient or above on the state wide standardized writing assessment. The sample starter paragraph is an excellent tool for helping lower level writers.