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End of Year American History (Late 1400s-1800) Persuasive Writing Activity

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This low prep writing activity is a great way for students to show what they learned about American history between the late 1400s and 1800 during the school year. A Google Drive version is also included. Students pretend to be a famous actor who is creating a TV series about one of the following time periods: The Age of Exploration, French and Spanish Colonies, Early English Colonies, the Thirteen Colonies, or the Revolutionary War and the events that led up to it.

Newly added on 3/24/20: A Google Drive™ version of the student pages!

You can use this resource remotely in 2 ways:

a) When teaching synchronously or asynchronously online, use the Google Drive version. If you are using a platform that allows you and your students to talk with each other in real time, you can have your students do the optional speaking activity — students can prepare their presentation at home and then deliver it to the class when everyone is online.

b) For students to do on their own: Photocopy the student pages (without or without the RAFTS, Objectives, and Checklist pages) and send the material home. Alternatively, if students have printers, email the pages to them and tell them to print the work out themselves. Tell students what to do and have them email/send you their work when they’ve completed it. Use the included evaluation checklist to correct students’ work. To do the optional speaking activity, students can prepare their presentation at home, then they can record themselves using any presentation program or app that allows them to do that. Students can post their presentations on a class website if it’s set up for that or email their presentations to you.

Students write a persuasive letter to a network TV executive about which time period was the most important and would be the most exciting for a TV show. The writing prompt is in RAFTS format (Role, Audience, Format, Topic, Strong Verb) and this resource includes graphic organizers for note-taking and pre-writing, a model of a friendly letter, a checklist for assessing the final product, and pages for writing the first draft and final copies.

✓ Please note:

This resource is included in a money-saving bundle with 3 other End of Year Social Studies writing activities; you can find it HERE.

This resource has 2 versions. The first is for Grade 5, with the writing prompt in simpler language. The second version is for Grades 6 - 8, which includes space for writing about why one of the other time periods would not be the best one for a TV show.

The writing prompt pages are available with color clip art, with black-and-white clip art, and with no clip art. Instructions for an optional oral presentation component are included to give students practice in giving speeches. The writing activity can be done in class or for homework; if done entirely in class, it will take 3 - 4 periods, depending on how much time you allocate for note-taking, pre-writing and revising. You can use this resource with both your English Language Learners and your native English-speaking students.

Pages with lesson objectives, a list of ELA Common Core standards addressed, and a sample WIDA Model Performance Indicator are also provided for your convenience.

What an educator who has used this resource says about it:

♥ "This resource incorporates so many valuable writing skills. Thank you." -- Michael P.

This writing task enables students to review what they have learned over the course of the year in a fun and engaging way!

What you get in this product:

In the PDF File:

★ Cover (1 page)

★ A table of contents for quick reference (2 pages)

★ A Notes to the Teacher section that contains background information plus the ELA CCSS standards addressed, lesson objectives and a Model Performance Indicator for WIDA Level 4 for classes with ELLs (2 pages)

★ Directions for accessing the Google Drive materials (1 page)

★ A page listing the ELA Common Core standards addressed (1 page)

★ A list of Grade 5 materials and a list of Grades 6-8 materials (1 page each for a total of 2 pages)

★ Pages listing the lesson objectives, 1 page for Grade 5 and 1 page for Grades 6-8 (2 pages total)

★ RAFTS writing prompts, one version for Grade 5 and one version for Grades 6-8, in color and black-and-white (2 pages each for a total of 4 pages)

★ Directions for students, in color and black-and-white (1 page each for a total of 2 pages)

★ The writing prompt, in 2 versions: for Grade 5 and for Grades 6 - 8; both versions have pages with clip art in color, clip art in black-and-white and with no clip art (3 pages for each version for a total of 6 pages)

★ A graphic organizer for writing notes about important events and people, 2 pages for Grade 5 and 2 pages for Grades 6-8 (4 pages total)

★ A graphic organizer for writing notes about the chosen time period selected; one version for Grade 5 and a slightly different version for Grades 6 - 8 (1 page for each version for a total of 2 pages)

★ A pre-writing organizer; one version for Grade 5 and a slightly different version for Grades 6 - 8 (2 pages for each version for a total of 4 pages)

★ A model of a friendly letter; one version for Grade 5 and a slightly different version for Grades 6 - 8 (1 page for each version for a total of 2 pages)

★ A lined page with a border for writing the first draft; in both the Grade 5 and Grades 6 - 8 versions (1 page for each version for a total of 2 pages)

★ A blank page with a border for writing the first draft; in both the Grade 5 and Grades 6 - 8 versions (1 page for each version for a total of 2 pages)

★ A lined page with a border for writing the final copy; in both the Grade 5 and Grades 6 - 8 versions (1 page for each version for a total of 2 pages)

★ A blank page with a border for writing the final copy; in both the Grade 5 and Grades 6 - 8 versions (1 page for each version for a total of 2 pages)

★ A checklist to assess the finished product; one version for Grade 5 and one version for Grades 6 - 8 (1 page for each version for a total of 2 pages)

★ Pages dividing the product into separate sections for Grade 5 and Grades 6 - 8, with lists of materials included on each page (1 page for each version for a total of 2 pages)

★ Copyright, social media and credits information (1 page)

In the Google Drive Materials:

★ Cover (1 slide)

★ A list of Grade 5 materials and a list of Grades 6-8 materials (1 slide each for a total of 2 slides)

★ RAFTS writing prompt, 1 slide for Grade 5 and 1 slide for Grades 6-8 (2 slides total)

★ Directions for students, 1 slide for Grade 5 and 1 slide for Grades 6-8 (2 slides total)

★ The writing prompt, in 2 versions: for Grade 5 and for Grades 6 - 8 (2 slides)

★ A graphic organizer for writing notes about important events and people, 2 slides for Grade 5 and 2 slides for Grades 6-8 (4 slides total)

★ A graphic organizer for writing notes about the chosen time period selected; one version for Grade 5 and a slightly different version for Grades 6 - 8 (1 slide for each version for a total of 2 slides)

★ A pre-writing organizer; one version for Grade 5 and a slightly different version for Grades 6 - 8 (2 slides for each version for a total of 4 slides)

★ A model of a friendly letter, one version for Grade 5 and one version for Grades 6 - 8 (2 slides)

★ Blank slides with a border for writing the first draft, 1 slide for Grade 5 and 1 slide for Grades 6-8 (1 slide for each version for a total of 2 slides)

★ Blank slides with a border for writing the final copy; 1 slide for Grade 5 and 1 slide for Grades 6-8 (1 slide for each version for a total of 2 slides)

★ A checklist to assess the finished product; one version for Grade 5 and one version for Grades 6 - 8 (1 slide for each version for a total of 2 slides)

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Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

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