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End of Year U.S. Geography Persuasive Writing Activity

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This low prep writing activity is a great way for students to show what they learned about the geography of the United States during the school year. A Google Driveversion is also included. Students have to write a letter to their family and persuade them to visit a U.S. region or state during summer vacation.

Newly added on 3/28/20: 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.

✓ 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.

For this activity, students select one of the regions or states they studied and describe some of its features, then explain why that is the region or state they should visit. There are 2 versions of the writing prompt so if you taught your class about regions of the U.S., you can use the prompt that refers to regions and if you taught about the states, you can use the writing prompt that refers to states instead.

This resource includes a writing prompt in RAFTS (Role, Audience, Format, Topic, Strong Verb) format, 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. The writing prompt pages come in 3 versions: without clipart, with clipart in color, or with clipart in grayscale. You can use this resource with both your English Language Learners and your native English-speaking students.

This 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. Directions for an optional oral presentation component are also included, if you would like to give your students practice in giving speeches.

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 educators who have used this resource say about it:

♥ "Great cross-curricular project!!" -- Zakiyyah C.

♥ "This is a great way to integrate different subject areas!" -- Diane S.

This culminating activity enables students to review what they have learned over the past year about the geography of the United States in a fun way!

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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 explanatory information (2 pages)

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

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

★ Pages listing the lesson objectives, for regions and for states (1 page each for a total of 2 pages)

★ RAFTS pages, in color and grayscale, for regions and for states (2 pages each for a total of 4 pages)

★ Directions to students' pages, in color and black-and-white, for regions and for states (2 pages each for a total of 4 pages)

★ The writing prompt about U.S. regions, in 3 versions: one with space for listing all the regions studied, one with a color map of the U.S. to help students recall the regions they learned about, and one with the map in grayscale (3 pages)

★ The writing prompt about U.S. states, in 3 versions: one with space for listing some of the states studied, one with a color map of the U.S. to help students recall the states they learned about, and one with the map in grayscale (3 pages)

★ A graphic organizer for writing notes about three regions or states (1 page for each version; 2 pages total)

★ A graphic organizer for writing notes about a selected region or state (1 page for each version; 2 pages total)

★ A pre-writing organizer to write about the selected region or state in a logical, sequential way (2 pages for each version; 4 pages total)

★ A model of a friendly letter (1 page in the regions section and 1 page in the states section; 2 pages total)

★ A lined page with a border for writing the first draft (1 page in the regions section and 1 page in the states section; 2 pages total)

★ A blank page with a border for writing the first draft (1 page in the regions section and 1 page in the states section; 2 pages total)

★ A lined page with a border for writing the final copy (1 page in the regions section and 1 page in the states section; 2 pages total)

★ A blank page with a border for writing the final copy (1 page in the regions section and 1 page in the states section; 2 pages total)

★ Checklists to assess the finished product; one for regions and one for states (1 page each; 2 pages total)

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

In the Google Drive Materials:

★ Cover (1 slide)

★ A slide showing the section for regions slides, states slides, and instructions for drawing a circle on the writing prompt (1 slide)

★ RAFTS pages for regions and for states (1 slide each; 2 slides total)

★ Directions to students pages for regions and for states (1 slide each; 2 slides total)

★ The writing prompt about U.S. regions, in 2 versions: one with space for listing all the regions studied and one with a color map of the U.S. to help students recall the regions they learned about (2 slides)

★ The writing prompt about U.S. states, in 2 versions: one with space for listing some of the states studied and one with a color map of the U.S. to help students recall the states they learned about (2 slides)

★ A graphic organizer for writing notes about three regions or states (1 slide for each version; 2 slides total)

★ A graphic organizer for writing notes about a selected region or state (1 slide for each version; 2 slides total)

★ A pre-writing organizer to write about the selected region or state in a logical, sequential way (2 slides for each version; 4 slides total)

★ A model of a friendly letter (1 slide in the regions section and 1 slide in the states section; 2 slides total)

★ A slide for writing the first draft (1 slide in the regions section and 1 slide in the states section; 2 slides total)

★ A slide for writing the final copy (1 slide in the regions section and 1 slide in the states section; 2 slides total)

★ Checklists for assessing students work (1 slide in the regions section and 1 slide in the states section; 2 slides total)

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Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.

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