This is an essay assigned after reading and discussion of "The War Prayer" by Mark Twain. The idea is to create a connection between students own thoughts regarding war, conformity, etc. and connecting those to the views presented through this short story. A scoring guide for the essay is included along with the prompt. The themes students are asked to make connections with are especially relevant today. I like to use this as one of the first short story assignments with my students because it gives me an idea of their writing abilities as well as their abilities to comprehend and connect to texts.
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