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This low prep print-and-go resource is a engaging end of year writing activity for Social Studies classes that learned about world geography. Students pretend that they are going to be exchange students and, based on their knowledge of regions of the world, they write a persuasive letter to their town's foreign exchange student committee about which region of the world is the best one for them to spend a year in.
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For this activity, students select one of the regions they studied in class and describe some of its features, then explain why that is the region they would like to live in for the next year. Students must also discuss a couple of their selected region's negative features and explain why they do not outweigh its good points, which gives them practice in writing counter claims. You can use this activity with your English Language Learners and your native English-speaking students.
Included in this resource are 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 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. 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 provided for your convenience.
What educators who have used this resource say about it:
♥ "Perfect to end my Geo class." -- Ericka C.
♥ "Great way to end the year and reinforce ideas about persuasive writing as well." -- Kevin L.
This culminating activity enables students to review what they have learned over the past year about the geography of the world in a fun way!
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)
★ A page listing the lesson objectives (1 page)
★ RAFTS pages, in color and grayscale (1 page each for a total of 2 pages)
★ Directions to students pages, in color and black-and-white (1 page each for a total of 2 pages)
★ The writing prompt, in 5 versions: one with space for listing all the regions studied, three with different types of maps to help students recall the regions they learned about, and one with blank space for notes of any kind (5 pages)
★ A graphic organizer for writing notes, in 2 versions--one for notes about three regions and one with more space for notes about just one region (2 pages)
★ A pre-writing organizer to write about a selected region 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 that contains explanatory information (2 pages)
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