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An enduring issue is a challenge or problem that a society has faced and debated or discussed across time. An enduring issue is one that many societies have attempted to address with varying degrees of success.
In the introductory assignments students will use documents and their knowledge of social studies students to:
Identify and define an enduring issue raised by the set of the five documents provided.
Use their knowledge of social studies and evidence from the documents to argue why the issue they selected was significant and how it has endured across time.
This introductory lesson includes a planning sheet, response guide, and a rubric. In the last pages I have provided additional documents that may support your instruction prior to introducing the enduring issue assignment. Once students are familiar with an identifying an enduring issue you can build on that by using the Reconstruction documents once you are finished covering the Reconstruction Unit.
Once students are familiar with how to use documents to identify an enduring issue this product moves on to writing the Enduring Issue Essay. This essay assignment is a great way to close up the Westward Expansion Unit and introduce students to Enduring Issue writing early in the 8th grade curriculum.
This product includes:
Westward Expansion Enduring Issue Essay Assignment
Reconstruction Enduring Issue Assignment
7 lesson plans with accompanying powerpoint presentations
Student Samples and activities that review writing
Questionnaires on analyzing documents and writing
Additional documents to supplement instruction
Additional identifying enduring issue documents to use in future units
Planning sheets for the essay
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