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Promise of America

Complete the writing prompt, adapted from Springboard page 11, provided below.

Write a short essay that draws on details in both the illustration and the speech to create a definition of America’s promise. Use the strategy of definition by exemplification. Be sure to:

  • Begin with a clear thesis that defines the promise of America
  • Use the most significant and relevant details from the illustration and the speech to give examples of what that promise means
  • Include transitions between points and a concluding statement that ties together your essay.

Goal is to thoughtfully select and explore evidence; demonstrate ability to write and support a clear thesis; transition between ideas/paragraphs; and write conclusions that provide sufficient closure in a response no shorter than three paragraphs in length.
Exemplary Work uses quotes as part of paragraph, is thorough, and demonstrates control of conventions.

Earlier Event: August 14
Independent Reading Book
Later Event: August 28
"Singing" with Whitman and Hughes