Because he’s has created a ton of awesome writing prompts that you can use with your social studies / history kids. And . . . he’s sharing them with us.
I suggested a few prompts a couple of months ago but Luke’s are . . . well, more awesomer. Not convinced?
- Write a page from the book: Instructions for Overthrowing a Tyrannical Government in the 21st Century. Or . . . you could write a page from Instructions for Maintaining a Tyrannical Government in the 21st Century.
- Design five merit badges for people or groups from history. Explain them and describe how they would be earned.
- If you lived 2000 years ago, which would be best to own: a cow, a horse, or a dozen chickens? Why?
- Could one 21st century US Marine battalion destroy the entire Roman Empire?
- Make a to-do list for a famous historical person.
I know, right?
The Common Core literacy standards expect your kids to read and write well. For many social studies teachers, this can be a bit frightening. We probably weren’t trained to do this, we’re not sure what it’s supposed to look like, and it just seems so . . . un-historyish.
But strong reading and writing skills have always been vital skills for historians and history students alike. We need to do more of it. If you’re a bit uncomfortable with the whole idea, head over and check out the rest of Luke’s 37 writing prompts. Maybe try some of mine.
Cause they’ll make your kids awesome.