The Trail of Tears is an important concept for any Westward Expansion unit. There are three activities included in this resource: Word Splash writing activity, Acrostic Poem, and a persuasive writing assignment. All of the resources require no prep on your end and already to just PRINT and use!
Included in this Bill of Rights Resource:
•Word Splash Trail of Tears: Student directions
•Rubric to grade Word Splash
•Acrostic Poem worksheet
•Persuasive Writing Activity with rubric
About the WORD SPLASH:
Using a Word Splash is a great way to focus student writing. Students are asked to answer a Task question using a certain number of words. Providing focus words for students to use really helps students think about their word choices! Do you have students at varying ability levels in your class? Help all students feel successful by adjusting this assignment. By decreasing or increasing the number of words required, you can challenge all learners. A graphic organizer is provided to organize their writing.
About the ACROSTIC POEM:
If you are looking for a quicker way to assess student’s knowledge of the Trail of Tears, assign the Acrostic poem. Students are asked to write down a word or phrase for each letter. Students can share their poems and look for similarities! Acrostic poems are awesome because they help expand vocabulary!
About the PERSUSASIVE WRITING ASSIGNMENT:
If you are looking for ways to include persuasive writing in your class, this assignment will be helpful. It is called a RAFT (Role, Audience, Format, Topic). Students are asked to write a persuasive letter to President Jackson explaining why the Cherokee Nation should not be forced to move. To reinforce vocabulary, a list of words is included for students to use in their letter. A simple rubric is provided to make grading easier.
How to use this resource:
There are many ways to incorporate Word Splash writing activities or Acrostic Poems into any unit. They can be used as:
•Small Group Activities: Have a small group work together to select the words, write, edit and rewrite!
•Review assignments: Preparing for a test or quiz? Word Splashes can help students reinforce connection of ideas.
•Learning Stations: Set up review stations or content stations in your classroom. When students rotate, they will complete the task.
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