Two for one! Students were assigned to write a persuasive essay arguing for a monument dedicated to a historical person or event. The topics are set up to connect with "Out of the Dust" and "To Kill a Mockingbird."
This is designed for classrooms of multiple abilities. The stronger students read "To Kill a Mockingbird" while struggling readers read "Out of the Dust." We then connected the novels through the time period and how both books show poverty or race being obstacles.
Of course, you could easily modify the assignment by only using either the topics for Civil Rights or for The Great Depression!
In the handout, students are asked to imagine a monument dedicated to their chosen topic (out of roughly thirty choices for each novel). I have provided basic instructions (3 part essay, citations, etc) after the writing prompt. Each monument assignment is a two page set.
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