As regular readers know, My Best Posts On Writing Instruction contains, among other things, various writing prompts I use in my classes.

One of the books we read in my ELL U.S. History class is The Long March: The Choctaw’s Gift to Irish Famine Relief. It tells the story of how some survivors of the Trail Of Tears raised money to help the Irish suffering from the Great Potato Famine.

Here’s the writing prompt I have students use:

In the book, The Long March, what is the author saying about helping others in need? What do you think of her views? To develop your position, be sure to include specific examples. These examples can come from the book, anything else you’ve read, and/or your own observations and experiences.