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

Possible Texts:

Editing/Revision Resources:

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:

Chinese internment camps:

Always Running Essay

Always Running

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)

Handouts and Writing Resources:

You may also choose to use the following texts below in your essay:

Editing/Revision Resources:

Los Angeles River Essay

lariverWriting Prompt: Like the city that shares its name, the Los Angeles River has a very tortured and complicated history. One writer, Jenny Price, calls it an “outsize concrete sewer…most famous for being forgotten.” Write a persuasive essay about how the city of Los Angeles should handle the future of its river. Back up your argument with specific evidence. Include cited evidence from the Los Angeles Times articles and other online resources. Online resources:

Winter Break AR Book Review

winter readingFinished Book Reviews Due: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014!

Students must complete an Accelerated Reader Book Review on a book you’ve read independently outside of class.  Book reviews must include the following criteria to receive a “4” on the rubric (100 points total).

1. A creative cover page with a hand-drawn picture/illustration of the most important scene in the book (the climax).

2. 5-paragraph book review must answer these questions:

  • How many stars (out of five) does this book receive and why?
  • Describe the protagonist (positive major character) and the antagonist (negative major character).
  • Describe the conflict in the novel. (Internal or External) (Man vs. Man, Man vs. Nature, Man vs. Technology, Man vs. Society, or Man vs. Self)
  • Describe one theme and show how the author teaches that message throughout the novel.  What details help to show you that theme?
  • Would you recommend it to another student? Why/Why not? Who is the audience for this book?

3. Must be typed, according to MLA Typing Guidelines (12 point, Times New Roman, double spaced, black ink).

4. Return signed Book Review sheet with finished book review (10 points).

Click here for complete Winter Break Book Review.