What's the Impact?

Write to the Source
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This prompt asks students to use evidence from a text to explore an event, action, or phenomenon and explain its effects on the person or population impacted.

Follow these steps to customize this explanatory/cause and effect task:
  1. Review the steps in the handout "Plan for Write to the Source."
  2. Review the sample task and then fill in the task template fields below the sample task. 
  3. Review the handout "Explanatory Writing Rubric." Adapt as necessary.

Sample Task 

Essential Question: How do bias and prejudice result in a denial of rights for certain individuals and groups?

Text Title(s): Read “The Reich Citizenship Law of September 15, 1935." 

Suggested Writing Product: Explore the essential question in an essay. Look at the cause of the Nuremberg Laws and then explain the effect on Jews in Germany.  Support your explanation with evidence from the text.

Additional Task Demand: Discuss relevant examples from your own experience or community.

Task Template

For planning purposes, use these fields to customize your student's task. 

Additional Task Demand
Abolitionists William Still, Sojourner Truth, William Loyd Garrison, unidentified male and female slaves, and Black Union soldiers in front of American flag

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