End of Year Ancient & World History Persuasive Writing Activity

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This no prep print-and-go end of year product is a great culminating activity for social studies classes that learned about ancient and world civilizations. Based on their knowledge of the ancient world, students write a persuasive letter to their families about which civilization is the best one for them to live in because the world is ending and they have the opportunity to go back in time to save themselves. Students select one of the civilizations they studied and then explain its positive features, justifying their decision as to why that is the one they should time travel back to. Students must also discuss a few of their selected civilization's negative features and explain why they do not outweigh its good points. The writing prompt is in RAFTS form (Role, Audience, Topic, Format, Strong Verb) and this product includes graphic organizers for taking notes about civilizations, a model of a friendly letter, a checklist for assessing the final product, pages for writing the first draft and final copies, and explanatory notes to the teacher.

→ Updated January 2016 with a table of contents, separate pages for the ELA CC standards and lesson objectives, and new pages showing the RAFTS in color and black-and-white.

My students loved this writing prompt, which I developed a few years ago when there was all the hoopla about the Mayan calendar predicting the end of the world. Teachers I shared the prompt with also liked it. A suggestion for an optional oral presentation component has been added to this product 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 is allocated for note-taking, pre-writing and revising.

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

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What you get in this product:

★ A Table of Contents for quick reference (1 page)

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

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

★ The writing prompt, in 2 versions--one with a section for listing all the civilizations studied and one with blank space for notes of any kind (2 pages)

★ A graphic organizer for writing notes about three civilizations (1 page)

★ A graphic organizer for writing notes about a selected civilization (2 pages)

★ A pre-writing organizer to write about a selected civilization in a logical, sequential way (2 pages)

★ A model of a friendly letter (1 page)

★ A lined page with a border for writing the first draft (1 page)

★ A blank page with a border for writing the first draft (1 page)

★ A lined page with a border for writing the final copy (1 page)

★ A blank page with a border for writing the final copy (1 page)

★ A checklist to assess the finished product (1 page)

★ A Notes to the Teacher section with background information (2 pages)

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End of Year Ancient & World History Persuasive Writing Activity
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End of Year Ancient & World History Persuasive Writing Activity
End of Year Ancient & World History Persuasive Writing Activity
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