For a change I don't want my students to regurgitate the information I just gave them. I want THEM to tell me something I don't know or did not think about. I want them to do a little thinking on their own and do a little ELA in the process.
This is not a huge effort or major writing assignment. All I want is just to know they "learned" something about the material they learned in social students by writing a it. They be able to use these skills in the spring on their tests.