Enduring Issue Activities and Essay

Grade Levels
7th - 8th, Homeschool
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171 pages
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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


Exit Ticket

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Total Pages
171 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).


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