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Modern World History Writing Resources





Page

Introduction

2

Writing Opportunities in Adopted Materials




Organized by unit/topic




Africa

3

China

4

Europe

5

Latin America

7

The Middle East

8

Soviet Union

9

DBQs

10

Writing Opportunities in TCI

11

Sample year-long writing plan by theme

13

Blank template for year-long writing plan

19

Supporting Materials for Common Assignment




Lesson plans for a persuasive essay on the Industrial Revolution

20

Sample student essays on the Industrial Revolution

31

Writing a thesis statement

43

Revising a thesis statement

44

Teacher/peer response

46

Self evaluation

48

Using a model text: The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844

49

Writing an introduction

52

First draft review

55

Peer conferencing

56

Writing drafts

57

Arguments and counter arguments

59

Finding sources

60

Evaluating sources

61







Scoring guides







Critical response

64




DBQ

65




Essay

66




Imaginative writing

67

Differentiation in Modern World History

68


Resources

71

Introduction

“Writing for understanding activities in a social studies classroom give students rich experiences, such as role-playing, discussing complex issues, or acting out key events to write about. Students develop ideas and form opinions during the experience, before beginning to write. The experience becomes a springboard for writing, challenging students to clarify ideas, organize information, and express what they have learned. These activities give all learners, even those with lesser linguistic skills, something memorable to write about.

Writing in a Social Studies classroom should:

1. Give students a rich experience to write about.

2. Have students record their ideas, thoughts, and feelings in a prewriting activity.

3. Provide students with an authentic writing assignment.

4. Guide students through the writing process.” *

*Adapted from TCI: http://www.teachtci.com/tci-approach/teaching-strategies/writing-understanding.html



Materials developed and compiled by:
Cassandre Lanzas, Grant High School

Emily Cornet, Marshall Campus

Sarah Epstein, Roosevelt Campus

Writing Opportunities in Modern World History
AFRICA


Topic

Mode

Writing Assignment

Writing Standard

Slave Trade

Persuasive

Imagine you are an African ruler. Write a letter to a European leader in which you try to convince him or her to stop participating in the slave trade. P.136

9.12.2, 9.12.3

Colonialism

Expository

How would you react to the colonizers? p. 338

9.12.2, 9.12.3

Colonialism

Expository

Write an expository essay explaining which European motive behind imperialism in Africa was the most powerful. p. 344

9.12.1

Colonialism

Persuasive

Write a speech that you might deliver to colonial rulers expressing your views on European imperialism in Africa. p. 350

9.12.2, 9.12.3

Colonialism

Persuasive

Write an editorial to an underground Indian newspaper, detailing grievances against the British and calling for self government. p. 361

9.12.2, 9.12.3

Revolutions

Expository

Imagine you are a reporter covering a revolution in one of the African nations. Write a headline and article describing it. p. 582

9.12.2, 9.12.3

Apartheid

Expository

Working in small teams, write biographies of South African leaders who were instrumental in the revolutionary overturn of apartheid. p. 611

9.12.2, 9.12.6

CHINA



Topic

Mode

Writing Assignment

Writing Standard

Western Influence

Expository

Imagine you are Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci. Write an expository essay describing your impressions of Chinese rule and culture. p. 115

9.12.2, 9.12.4

Western Influence

Persuasive

Why might you seek out of resist foreign influence? p. 370

9.12.1

Western Influence

Narrative

Write a dialogue between two of Dowager Empress Cixi’s advisors- one arguing for continued isolation, the other for openness to foreign influence and trade. p. 375

9.12.2, 9.12.4

Western Influence

Persuasive

In the role of a Western Japanese official, write a letter to the government of a Western Power explaining why you think it is necessary for your country to build an empire. p. 379

9.12.1, 9.12.2

World Wars

Narrative

Imagine your are a foreign diplomat living in Asia during World War II. Write journal entries describing the Japanese advance across Asia and the Pacific during 1941 and 1942. p. 501

9.12.4, 9.13

Western Influence

Expository

Write a two (or five) paragraph expository essay for either the United States or the Soviet Union supporting its involvement in Asia. p. 547

9.12.2, 9.12.4

Democracy

Expository

Imagine you are a Chinese student visiting the West. Write a letter home in which your explain what you have seen abroad. p. 629. Possible adaptation: Imagine you are a Chinese student writing a letter to a Western student explaining the changes you see.

9.12.2, 9.12.4

EUROPE



Topic

Mode

Writing Assignment

Writing Standard

Democracy

Persuasive

Write an editorial supporting or rejecting the idea that the only way to gain democracy in a country that does not have a democratic government is to wage a revolution. p. 31

9.12.1, 9.12.2

Renaissance

Expository

How did the Renaissance revolutionize European art and thought? Support your opinions in a three (or five) paragraph essay. p.43

9.12.1, 9.12.2

Reformation

Narrative

Imagine Martin Luther and a leader of the Catholic Church are squaring off in a public debate. Write a brief dialogue (or narrative) between the two. p. 60

9.13

Reformation

Persuasive

Write a two (or five) paragraph essay on whether church leaders should be political rulers. p. 66

9.12.1, 9.12.2

Reformation

Expository

Write an essay analyzing the effects of Protestantism on the Christian Church. p.69

9.12.1, 9.12.2

Religion

Expository

Research major religious reforms of the 20th century and present findings in a research paper. p.69

9.12.1, 9.12.2

Government

Expository

What are the benefits and drawbacks of having an absolute ruler? p.154

9.12.1, 9.12.2

Government

Persuasive

Write a persuasive essay for an underground newspaper designed to incite the British people to overthrow Charles I. p. 183

9.12.1, 9.12.2

Scientific Revolution

Expository

Write a three/five paragraph essay summarizing the difference in scientific understanding before and after the various scientific breakthroughs. p.213

9.12.2, 9.12.4

French Revolution

Expository

How would you change an unjust government? p.216

9.12.2, 9.12.3

French Revolution

Expository

What, if anything, would lead you to take part in a violent revolution? p.216

9.12.2, 9.12.3

French Revolution

Persuasive

In the role of a member of the Third Estate, write a brief speech explaining why the French political system needs to change. p. 221

9.12.2, 9.12.4

French Revolution

Persuasive

In the role of a newspaper editor in the early 1800s, write an editorial- pro or con- on the Congress of Vienna and its impact on the politics in Europe. p. 241

9.12.2, 9.12.4

French Revolution

Narrative

Imagine that you lived in Paris throughout the French Revolution. Write journal entries on several of the major events of the revolution. p. 243

9.12.4, 9.12.6, 9.12

Industrial Revolution

Persuasive

As a factory owner during the Industrial Revolution, write a letter to a newspaper justifying working conditions in your factory. p.294

9.12.1, 9.12.2

Industrial Revolution

Expository

Write a three/five paragraph expository essay indicating how these people would view the changes in industry: an inventor, an entrepreneur, a skilled worker, and a hand weaver. p. 309

9.12.2, 9.12.4

Colonialism

Persuasive

Write an editorial that might have appeared in a newspaper in the 19th century New Zealand. In the editorial, address the issue of British settlers taking land from the Maori and the Maori response. p. 335

9.12.1, 9.12.2

Colonialism

Expository

How would you react to the colonizers? p. 338

9.12.2, 9.12.3

Colonialism

Expository

Write an expository essay explaining which European motive behind imperialism in Africa was the most powerful. p. 344

9.12.1, 9.12.2

Colonialism

Persuasive

Write a speech that you might deliver to colonial rulers expressing your views on European imperialism in Africa. p. 350

9.12.1, 9.12.2

Colonialism

Persuasive

Write an editorial to an underground Indian newspaper, detailing grievances against the British and calling for self government. p. 361

9.12.1, 9.12.2

Colonialism

Persuasive

Compose a letter to the editor expressing a Hawaiian’s views on the US businessman who pushed for the annexation of Hawaii for economic gain. p. 365

9.12.1, 9.12.2

Colonialism

Expository

Write a news article about the effect of colonialism. p.367

9.12.1, 9.12.2

World War

Expository

In an expository essay, describe the effects of the new technology on warfare. Use examples from your reading. p. 415

9.12.1, 9.12.2

World War

Expository

Write a paragraph/essay explaining how the concept of total war affected the warring nations economies. p. 422

9.12.1, 9.12.2

LATIN AMERICA




Topic

Mode

Writing Assignment

Writing Standard

Colonialism

Narrative

Write a dialogue in which a Native American and a conquistador debate the merits of Spain’s colonialism of the Americas.

p.125


9.12.2, 9.13

Colonialism

Expository

Write a response to this statement: “Through its policies, Spain gave up its right to rule in South America.” p. 252

9.12.1, 9.12.2

Mexican Revolution

Expository

Juarez’s motto was “Liberty, Order, and Progress.” Diaz’s slogan was “Order and Progress.” Write an expository essay explaining what this difference in goals meant for the people of Mexico. p. 393

9.12.2, 9.13

Globalization

Persuasive

Do you think sustainable growth is possible? Why or why not? p. 646

9.12.1, 9.12.2

Globalization

Persuasive

Should developing nations have to meet the same environmental standards as developed nations? p. 682

9.12.1, 9.12.2

Globalization

Persuasive

Should developed nations take any responsibility for preventing the destruction of the rain forests? Explain. p. 682

9.12.1, 9.12.2

Globalization

Persuasive

Imagine you are an editorial writer for a newspaper in a developing nation. Write a brief editorial expressing your views on free trade versus protectionism.

9.12.1, 9.12.2

THE MIDDLE EAST




Topic

Mode

Writing Assignment

Writing Standard

Non-violence

Persuasive

Write a persuasive essay supporting the use of non-violent resistance. p.457

9.12.1, 9.12.2

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Persuasive

Some have said that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict represents the struggle of right against right. Explain why you agree or disagree. p. 589

9.12.1, 9.12.2

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Persuasive

In your view, was religion a unifying or destructive force as colonies around the world because new nations? p. 594

9.12.1, 9.12.2

Terrorism

Expository

Write a paragraph explaining how advances in science and technology have increased threats to global security. p. 652

9.12.2, 9.12.4

Terrorism

Expository

What might cause individuals to use terror tactics to bring about change? p. 658

9.12.2, 9.12.4

Terrorism

Persuasive

Is it important for the US Government to respect peoples’ civil rights as it wages a war against terrorism? Why or why not? p. 658

9.12.1, 9.12.2

Terrorism

Expository

Conduct research to find information on how science and technology are used to combat terrorism. Then, write an illustrated report titled “Science and Counterterrorism.” p. 658

9.12.2, 9.12.4

Terrorism

Persuasive

Do you think the United States was justified in invading Iraq? Why or why not? p. 693

9.12.1, 9.12.2

THE SOVIET UNION




Topic

Mode

Writing Assignment

Writing Standard

Russian Revolution

Expository

Write a (five) paragraph analysis of Lenin’s leadership in the success of the Bolshevik Revolution. p. 440

9.12.2, 9.12.5

Life Under Stalin

Narrative

As an industrial worker, a female doctor, a Russian Orthodox priest, or a Communist Part member, write a journal entry about your life under Stalin. p.445

9.12.4, 9.13

Life Under Stalin

Narrative

Write a science fiction story about a totalitarianism state that uses modern technology to spread propaganda and control people. p. 459

9.12.4, 9.13

Cold War

Persuasive

Write a two/five paragraph persuasive essay on which means was the most successful for the United States and which was most successful for the Soviet Union. p. 559

9.12.2, 9.12.5

Fall of Communism

Persuasive

It has been said that Gorbachev’s reforms led to another Russian Revolution. In your opinion, what did this revolution overthrow? Support your opinion in a two/five paragraph essay. p. 617

9.12.2, 9.12.5

Document-Based Questions




UNIT

TOPIC

MODE

ASSIGNMENT

Introduction

Early Wars Among European Nations

Expository

Identify two early European wars and discuss how they impacted the nations and their people. For each war, describe the historical conflict, and discuss the impact the conflict itself had on history.

Introduction

Roman Empire

Expository

Describe the rise and long duration of the Roman Empire. Discuss the difficulties associated with such a vast empire, and explain what led to its fall.

Unit 1

Trade in the Ancient World

Expository

Discuss two different eras of trade among two societies, cultures, or nations and how such trade impacted each side’s way of life. For each system of trade discussed, explain how physical geography affected or influenced it.

Unit 1

Agriculture: 4000 BC – AD 500

Expository

Discuss the role agriculture played in the emergence of early civilizations and to what extent physical geography impacted agriculture and civilizations. Describe how daily life changed for people as civilizations emerged throughout the world.

Unit 2

Tang and Song China between 600-1200

Expository

Identify two major advances or innovations of the Tang dynasty and discuss how each impacted China and the world. Identify two major advances or innovations of the Song dynasty and discuss how each impacted China and the world. Compare the accomplishments of the Tang and Song dynasties. In which areas was each most influential?

Unit 2

Europe: 500-1200

Expository

Discuss the reforms that were implemented by the church between 900 and 1200, and explain why the church was so ready for reform. Why were the Crusades launched, and what role did they play in the changing of the church, the revival of its people, and the deterioration of its relationship with the Muslim world.

Unit 3

Art, Architecture, and Literature during the European Revolution

Expository

Identify one Renaissance artist and one Renaissance writer and discuss how each impacted art or literature, and life in Europe. For each, discuss what methods, styles, or techniques were used and how and why those became essential elements in their work.


WRITING OPPORTUNITIES IN TCI MATERIALS


Unit/Lesson

Topic

Mode

Writing Assignment

Writing Standard

1.4

The Rise of Democracy

Narrative

Creating a Storybook About the French Revolution

9.12.2

9.13.6


2.2

The Era of the Industrial Revolution

Persuasive

Editorial: Investigating the Effects of the Industrial Revolution

9.12.1

9.12.2


9.12.4

4.4

Challenges to Modernization – the World Wars

Expository

Analyze six modern paintings in order to determine how the painting relates to war and the modern world.

9.12.4

9.13.3


Culminating Project

Western Europe in the Modern World : Culminating Project

Persuasive

Design a Museum on Modern Western Europe

9.12.1

9.12.2


2.3

The Soviet Union Under Stalin

Expository

Investigating Perspectives on Soviet Daily Life (propaganda article)

9.12.1

9.12.2


4.1

The Fall of the Soviet Empire

Expository

Analyze dissenting or nonconformist views about life in Soviet paintings, poems or songs.

9.12.2

9.12.4


9.13.5

Culminating Project

The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union: Culminating Project

Expository

To what degree did life improve during the Soviet era?

9.13.3

9.13.7


1.5

Communist China

Narrative

Writing a journal from the perspective of a Chinese villager

9.12.2

9.13.16


2.4

Modern Japan

Persuasive

Writing a newspaper article responding to the prompt: “Education for Japanese and American students is mostly the same”

9.12.1

9.12.2


3.3

Asian Cultural Connections with the United States

Narrative

Writing an oral history of an Asian American

9.12.2

Culminating Project

Communist China & Modern Japan Culminating Project

Persuasive

To what degree did life in the modern era improve for Chinese, Japanese and Asian Americans?

9.13.2

2.4

Modern Mexico

Expository

Imagine you are a tourist who has just taken a bus tour of Mexico City. You will now write a letter to a friend describing what you learned about the city.

9.12.4

9.13.3


3.2

Case Study: Brazilian Rainforest

Persuasive

Write a proposal to a Brazilian government advisory board explaining how to resolve he conflict over resource use in the Amazon.

9.13.2

1.1

Overview of Africa

Expository

Write a poem about Africa’s diversity. Reference economy, architecture, social class, environment, clothing, technology, and religion.

9.12.4

3.3

Case Study: South Africa

Persuasive

Write lyrics to a song protesting apartheid.

9.12.1

4.2

African Cultural Connections to the United States

Expository/ Reflective Writing

Write a letter to an African friend explaining what African traditions have survived and how they have influenced American traditions.

9.13.7



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