Walkout Essay

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Writing Prompt: Is walking out of school to protest a powerful or pointless exercise? Do students have a right to express their beliefs this way? How much responsibility and control do schools have in this situation? Write a strong persuasive essay, arguing one side of the debate about student protests. Back up your ideas with specific textual details from articles, videos, and research.

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Always Running Essay

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Writing Prompts:

  1. Code of the Streets: How is Elijah Anderson’s “The Code of the Streets” connected to Luis Rodriguez’s Always Running? How is “The Code” a guide to the Rodriguez’s choices in East Los Angeles? What are the causes/effects and possible solutions for gang-affiliated youth in Los Angeles? Write a synthesis essay including evidence from both texts.
  2. Political Activism: What does Luis Rodriguez’s memoir Always Running reveal about the way Latinos transformed their minds and their lives? Discuss Always Running, the film Walkout, Rodolfo Corky Gonzales’s poem “I am Joaquin,” and the film Precious Knowledge as you explore how Latinos can remove the “shackles” from their minds.
  3. Texts in Conversation: Luis Rodriguez, Malcolm X and Tupac Shakur: In his writing, Rodriguez explores the impact the streets have had on his life. Explore the recurring themes of Always Running, the Autobiography of Malcolm X and Tupac Shakur’s poetry. You may also choose to include additional texts by Rodriguez: “The Price of Family,” “Race Politics,” “Watts Bleeds,” and “Mean Streets.”

Writing Criteria:

  • Well-organized multiple-paragraph essay.
  • A clear thesis statement (main argument).
  • Textual evidence with analysis (quotes must be cited with page numbers in MLA Format).
  • Creativity and sentence variety.
  • Checked for spelling/grammar/mechanics.
  • Include a works cited page (bibme.org, citationmachine.net)

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Parenting Essay

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Essay Writing Prompt: How much freedom and supervision should parents give their children? Are parents today too overprotective? Or is “free range” parenting a kind of neglect? Explain why. Write an argumentative essay, backing it up with textual details from the articles: “Are Modern Kids Coddled?” (Newsweek) and “Kids Solo Playtime” (NPR). Also refer to our class text, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

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World War II Synthesis Essay

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Writing Prompt:What lessons can we learn from the Holocaust and the Japanese Internment Camps during World War II? Why was it important for witnesses of history to tell their stories?

Write a synthesis essay about the textual connections between the Holocaust, the Japanese Internment and their lessons for our world today. Cite at least three of the texts listed below from the World War II unit to support your ideas.

Writing Criteria:

  • Well-organized multiple-paragraph essay.
  • A clear thesis statement (main argument).
  • Textual evidence from three or more sources, with analysis (cited in MLA Format).
  • Checked for spelling/grammar/mechanics.
  • Typed in MLA Format (Times New Roman, 12 point, Double Spaced) in Google Classroom (classroom.google.com).
  • Works Cited page: easybib.combibme.org, citationmachine.net
  • Editing/Revision websites: paperrater.com, grammarly.com, hemingwayapp.com

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Presentations Resources: WWII Presentation LT Criteria

Post-September 11th and the Muslim Ban:

Anti-Religious Terrorism:

U.S. Immigrant Detainment/Family Separation:

Genocides since the Holocaust:

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Student Success Essay

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“Old School Classroom” – Mississippi Mike, Flickr

Essential Questions:

  • What is the key to student success?
  • How can we design a school culture for student motivation?
  • According to researchers, what is the best way for students to learn?
  • What are the benefits of students learning on their own?
  • What should be the role of the teacher in the classroom?

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