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:

“Work Your Mind” Article

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Essay Prompt: Do students need to “struggle” in order to learn? According to the article, what are the benefits of students learning on their own? What should the role of the teacher be in the classroom?


  • Clear thesis/main argument
  • Must include at least 3+ quotes from the article (integrated correctly, use sentence starters)
  • Explain/analyze the importance of each quote (use sentence starters)
  • At least 3+ well-developed paragraphs!

“Work Your Mind” Article from Time For Kids (Authors: Annie Murphy Paul and Stephanie Kraus, 4/25/12)

Sentence starters to introduce quotes:

  • X states, “…”
  • According to X, “…”
  • In X’s view, “…”
  • X agrees when she writes, “…”
  • X disagrees when he writes, “…”

Sentence starters to explain/analyze quotes:

  • In other words, X believes ____.
  • In making this comment, X urges us to _____.
  • X’s point is that _____.
  • The essence of X’s argument is that ____.

(Sentence starters above from the book, “They Say / I Say” by Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein and Russel Durst)