These 19 writing prompts or essay topics for US History cover 8 different units/topics/time periods in US History, spanning the Revolutionary War to World War 2. They are a mix of academic, what if, and opinion questions. Some topics have one large item for students to respond to, in others there are 2, 3, or 4 smaller topics to write on. They are set up in a way so you can have the students choose to write on 1, 2, 3, or all 4 items. Point values and due dates are blank for your convenience. This would be great for a sub!
The topics cover:
--The Revolutionary War
--The Articles of Confederation and Washington's Presidency
--Andrew Jackson and Native Americans
--The Civil War and Reconstruction
--The Great West
--The Roaring 20s and the Great Depression
--World War 2
Sample prompts (6 of the 18 in the file) include:
--What is the purpose of having a Constitution? How does having the Bill of Rights in the Constitution benefit you as American citizens? Which item in the Bill of Rights do you think is most important and why?
--Discuss the aftermath of the Civil War from the viewpoint of a carpetbagger. Why did you choose to go South and leave the North? What do you see and experience when you get to the South?
-- How did railroads change the West? You must discuss what the West was like before railroads, why railroads made it into the West, and the positive and negative changes brought with them.
--If you immigrated to America in 1900, what would have been the hardest part about leaving home? What would be the hardest part about adjusting to a new country? What would be the one thing you would bring with you to America? What would be 1 item you sent to your family still living in your native land? Answer these questions from the viewpoint of an Irish person, a Greek person, and an Indian person. How might each type of immigrant be treated by “native” Americans, both politically and socially?
--Lastly, you will write an op-ed to a newspaper, outlining your suggestions to the President as to what the 3 biggest problems are facing Americans during the height of the Depression and what you think he can do to solve those 3 problems.
--Discuss the aftermath of WWII, nationally and internationally, from Japan’s point of view. In terms of internationally, discuss the American point of view and either the German or Soviet point of view.
You might be interested in my World History writing prompts (some would apply to US History, such as the Cold War prompts):
32 Writing Prompts for 8 Topics in World History
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US and World History Writing Prompts BUNDLE
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Resources for ANY History Topic