Salem Witch Trials Essay Assignment (Common Core)

Salem Witch Trials Essay Assignment (Common Core)
Salem Witch Trials Essay Assignment (Common Core)
Salem Witch Trials Essay Assignment (Common Core)
Salem Witch Trials Essay Assignment (Common Core)
Salem Witch Trials Essay Assignment (Common Core)
Salem Witch Trials Essay Assignment (Common Core)
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This essay asks students to develop a 5 paragraph essay, and describes what should be written in each paragraph. I usually use this towards the beginning of my school year to help students organize their paragraphs and essays.

Students must: develop a thesis, write a paragraph on the history of the Salem Witch Trials, discuss 2-3 possible explanations for why the girls acted as they did, discuss the significance to U.S. History, and conclude the essay. I give the students multiple handouts, video clips, and movies to help them gain the knowledge to write this, and they are expected to synthesize the information from these sources. I do not ask that they do additional research, nor cite their sources, as the goal of this is developing their essay. I have also included a rubric.

This essay pertains to several MA DESE Common Core Standards for Writing in History/Social Studies. A few examples include: "Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content" and "Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research."



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