Remembering the Tuskegee Airmen

tuskegee 2Essay Writing Prompt: What kinds of “wars” did the Tuskegee Airmen face and triumph over during World War II? How did they overcome these challenges? What is the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen today? Write an essay, in which you argue the importance of the Tuskegee Airmen and their influence on race relations in the United States. Back up your ideas with specific textual details from articles, videos, and research.

Handouts and Writing Resources:

  1. Tuskegee Airmen Essay Criteria
  2. Tuskegee Airmen Tree Map or Persuasion Map
  3. MLA Typing Guidelines

Reading Comprehension Questions:

  1. Describe how African Americans were treated in America during WWII.
  2. What challenges did the Tuskegee Airmen face in the military?
  3. Describe the mission of the Airmen during WWII? Why was this an important job?
  4. How successful were the Airmen during WWII?
  5. What is the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen today?

tuskegee 1Tuskegee Airmen Resources Online:

Maus Response to Literature Essay

mausYour Writing Task: Maus is a true memoir of people surviving during wartime. What can we as readers learn from this story? In at least a five-paragraph essay, describe a theme (lesson, moral) that this graphic novel reveals. Include textual details from the stories to back up your ideas.

Online Resources:

Persuasive Essay


A very handy online graphic organizer, to help you organize/outline your ideas before writing:

Here are some quality academic websites to use when researching for your persuasive essay: