HOWARD ZINN - A Young People's History of the United States VOL 1 - Chapter 1 - 12 writing prompts. Three writing prompts for each chapter based upon a difficulty rating of 1-10. Many of the writing prompts use quotes and/or passages from that chapter. I have had great success with these at both the 8th grade level and 10th grade sophomore. Most often I have students choose the more difficult questions, even if their end results are not ready for the challenge of the question. They put in great effort. These prompts are in MS Word format to be changed and altered as needed!