This document includes an essay question and an outline surrounding an essay question that is concerned with major Presidential Actions, Geography, and a separate outline on two US Foreign Policy questions.
In my class I present the essay question to the students then we fill in the outline. I call this our "brain dump" on each topic and make them jot down a note relating each example to the question.
With this activity I broke the class up into 4 groups, each getting one essay topic to address.
Once each box is filled we go back and write our thesis statement/claim to answer the question.
For the remainder of class I have the students work to create their essay.
A good activity to assess student knowledge and writing skills!