At these times, students will also have the opportunity to reflect back on, and potentially modify, the initial position they articulate in this lesson.
There are two additional writing prompts that can be used as summative assessments for this unit included in Facing History’s Common Core Writing Prompts and Strategies: Holocaust and Human Behavior.
The prompt is designed to serve as both a thematic frame for the unit and a final writing assignment at the unit’s end.
Unit Writing Prompt: Because the students have not yet been introduced to the Weimar era, the rise of the Nazi Party, and the Holocaust, this lesson begins with a modified version of the prompt: Modified Writing Prompt for this Lesson: This modified prompt enables students to think through larger themes about history and decision making before delving into the specific history in later lessons.
Now that students have learned about the Weimar Republic, they will reflect on the writing prompt a second time by adding this historical lens.
It is important that students keep the materials for the essay (journal reflections, evidence logs, writing handouts) in a safe place, because they will refer back to them over the course of the unit in preparation to write the essay assessment.This lesson’s activities provide suggestions to help students start to understand the meaning of the prompt and to stake out a preliminary position in response to it.At key points later in this unit (after Lessons 8, 13, 18, 21, and 23), you will be prompted to give students the opportunity to revisit the prompt and consider stories, documents, and other evidence from history that may influence their thinking about it.For ideas and resources for teaching the remaining steps of the writing process from outlining to publishing, we encourage you to consult the Common Core Writing Prompts and Strategies supplement and the online Teaching Strategies collection for activities and graphic organizers to support your teaching.Copyright ©1995-2018 by The Writing Lab & The OWL at Purdue and Purdue University. This material may not be published, reproduced, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.After completing Lesson 13: Laws and the National Community, students are ready to think about the next step of the writing prompt, the Nazi Party’s rise to power and what they can learn about the impact and power of their own choices from the events they studied in Lessons 8 through 13.In addition to addressing the writing prompt in a journal reflection, students will start to evaluate the quality and relevance of the evidence they are gathering.In the first four lessons of the unit, students explore questions about identity, stereotyping, and group membership.This assessment step introduces students to a writing prompt that builds on these important themes and connects them to the history students explore later in this unit.This optional assessment asks students to respond to the unit’s essential question in an argumentative essay.Six steps are interspersed throughout the unit (after lessons 4, 8, 13, 18, 21, and 23) to introduce students to the assessment and guide them as they gather evidence, develop their theses, and begin to write their essays.