Lesson 5 writing prompt - written and oral tradition in africa

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For use with "What's Your Story?" curriculum project written by A. Groves for the Fulbright Hays Seminars Abroad program.

For use with "What's Your Story?" curriculum project written by A. Groves for the Fulbright Hays Seminars Abroad program.

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  • 1. Writing Prompt – Africa<br />Writing Assignment: Explain why written and oral tradition is important to preserving and protecting the history and culture of Africa? Remember to prove what you say with evidence from the unit.<br />Standards:<br />Writing Strategies 1.0<br />1.1 – Create an organizational structure that balances all aspects of the composition and uses effective transitions between sentences to unify important ideas<br />1.2– Support all statements and claims with anecdotes, descriptions, facts and statistics, and specific examples<br />1.3– Use strategies of note taking, outlining, and summarizing to impose structure on composition drafts<br />1.7– Revise writing to improve organization and word choice after checking the logic of the ideas and the precision of the vocabulary<br />History/Social Science 7.4.5 - The students will be able to tell why written and oral traditions were important in the transmission of African history and culture.<br />Length: One 11 to 14-sentence paragraph<br />Due Date: Your handwritten paragraph is due at the end of this period.<br />Total Points Possible: 20<br />Question: What are three reasons that written and oral tradition was important to the transmission of African history and culture? <br />Task: Write a persuasive 11 to 14 paragraph in which you:<br />1) Present a clear topic sentence in your paragraph that answers the question above.<br />2) Provide evidence that supports your topic sentence. <br />3) Analyze, or tell how, that evidence supports your topic sentence. <br />4) Use transition words or phrases to unify important ideas. <br />5) Include a concluding sentence that sums up your reasons and revisits the topic.<br />Vocabulary:<br />Use at least 4 of the 8 terms, or forms of the terms, correctly within your essay to help support your topic sentence:<br />griot ancestor culturedescendent<br />history folktaleWest Africapreserve<br />