Opinion Essay - Slavery
Have the students write a short essay (3-4 paragraphs) about what their thoughts are on the subject of slavery. We, as Americans, have our own history of slavery. It is different in ways than the Russian system, but nonetheless based on an individual's right to own another person. What do we today think when we encounter the concept of slavery? How do the students feel that the abolition of slavery would affect society?
Creative Writing - Social Upheaval
Using the theme of "social upheaval," ask students to write a short story--one to two pages. The stories can be based in any time period and can involve any variety of plots--but the major "theme" should be that of social upheaval.
Diary Entry from Character
Ask students to write a short diary entry (3-4 paragraphs) from the point of view of one of the characters. This...
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