With this essay bundle, your students will plan, draft, and publish high-quality essays aligned with Common Core writing standards that address the guiding question: Was Christopher Columbus a Hero or a Villain?
Students will take a stance on the guiding question, develop a thesis statement, formulate major points, gather evidence, consider counterclaims, practice rebuttal, and write a highly structured historical analysis argument essay. It will also help students walk through all steps of the writing process, from brainstorming to drafting to revising and editing to publishing a final draft.
►►►Included in this bundle◄◄◄
• Historical essay assignment sheet
• 1-page essay outline
• Comprehensive historical argument essay planning packet
-Includes space for planning thesis and major points, drafting topic sentences, gathering evidence and analysis, counterclaim & rebuttal, introduction and conclusion paragraphs
• Common Core aligned grading rubric
This product is useful for secondary social studies classrooms, including:
☺Middle school students (grade 6, 7, 8)
☺Struggling writers at the high school level (grade 9, 10, 11, 12)
☺Social studies classrooms studying early European contact with indigenous people in North America
☺English Language Learners (ELLs)
☺Students with IEPs
Aligned to Common Core Writing and Social Studies Standards:
■ CCSSWHST7.1- Write arguments focused on discipline specific content
■CCSSWHST7.1A - Introduce claims about a topic or issue, acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically
■ CCSSWHST7.1B - Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant, accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an understanding of the topic or text, using credible sources
■CCSSWHST7.1C - Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence
CCSSWHST7.1D - Establish and maintain a formal style
CCSSWHST7.1E - Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
■ CCSSRH7.1 - Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources