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    By Kelli

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    I teach Middle School English and I plan many of my writing lessons with our History teacher. It dosen't take us that long to meet but we spend about 5 minutes a week where she reviews her lesson topics with me. I use this to type a list of writing prompts for kids to put in their writing folders. When they are finished with their work, they pull out their folders and pick a topic to write about. You may want to check with an English teacher at your school for suggestions. Some of the ideas I have used include the following.
    1. Poetry- write a poem about Expansionism
    2. Descriptive Writing- write a paper describing
    Ellis Island as the immmigrants first saw
    it.
    3. Persuasive papers- write a letter to Abraham Lincoln persuading him that slavery should/should not be legal.
    4. Business letter- have students write a business letter to someone working at a historical site. Ask for information about the site. (They are usually really good about responding with posters and letters)
    These are just a few ideas to get you started. Good Luck!
    Kelli


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