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Building a Memorial to the Underground Railroad


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STAGE 4: Teacher Reflection

As a reflective practitioner, note how this lesson could be adjusted after its initial implementation. How successful were the students? What did the assessment demonstrate about the students' learning? What skills do the students need to revisit? What instructional strategies worked and what made them successful? What will you change the next time you use this lesson? Why?

Teacher Author of Lesson: Lisa Kissinger
School System: Anne Arundel County Public Schools

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Underground Railroad Memorial
Limited Writing Process - Writing to Inform

Today you will be writing to inform. When you write to inform, you are sharing what you know about a topic or subject with another person. You have learned about the people that traveled on, built and operated the Underground Railroad. You have designed a memorial to honor the courage of people who helped other people become free in our country's history. Now, you will be writing to inform about the design of your memorial.

In your essay, be sure to include:

Reasons people choose to leave their homes and travel to freedom on the Underground Railroad The people that traveled on, built and operated the Underground Railroad. The courage of people who helped other people become free in our country's history. Other information you may have learned about the Underground Railroad that you will include in your memorial design. An explanation of your memorial design.

MSDE Scoring Rule:
Writing To Express Personal Ideas

2 points
Presents personal ideas in a complete, well-developed whole. Text is uniformly organized and language choices often enhance the text and are appropriate to the literary form.

1 point
Presents personal ideas in an incomplete or partially developed whole. Text is generally organized and language choices sometimes enhance the text and may sometimes be appropriate to the literary form.

0 points
Fails to present personal ideas in a complete, well-developed whole. Text is often disorganized and language choices seldom, if ever, enhance the text and are often inappropriate to the literary form.

© 2001, Middle School Instructional Resource Manual, page F-3

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