Essay writing: How different were the Christian and Muslim responses to the Black Plague?

1.  NYTimes Article Review:

Find an article from the NYTimes website that interests you and deals with global topics.  Write the report.  Here are a few good suggestions:

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2.  Quiz in your notebook:

1.  Which of the following did the Christians believe were causes of the Plague?

  • A.  The winds from the Mongols
  • B. The Jews breathing on them
  • C. The rats carrying fleas
  • D.  It was caused by their sins.
  • E.  Choices A & B
  • F. Choices A & C
  • G. Choices A & D
  • H. All of the above
  • I. None of the above

2.  Which of the following did Muslims do in response to the Plague?

  • A.  Bury their dead
  • B. Pray for forgiveness
  • C.  Pray for relief from the Plague
  • D. Throw salt over their shoulder to kill the air
  • E.  Choices A & B
  • F. Choices A & C
  • G. Choices A & D
  • H. All of the above
  • I. None of the above

3.   When writing a paragraph, the topic sentence should:

  • A.  Contradict the evidence
  • B.  Be boring but functional
  • C.  Make the reader question why
  • D.  Be another detail sentence

Rewrite the following lame topic sentences into better topic sentences:

4.  The dog is old and brown.

5. Jay-Z is a rapper from Bedford-Stuyvesant projects in Brooklyn.

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3.  Take out your homework.  Show it to Mrs. Dubei so she can give you a grade.

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4.  Using your evidence sheets from Tuesday and the paragraph structure sheet for homework, draft a first draft of your essay.  Type it into the computer.

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5.  Mrs. Dubei will assign a partner for you to give feedback on their essay, and they will give you feedback.  Lame, lazy or incomplete feedback will not be acceptable. Show Mrs. Dubei the essay and the feedback sheet before you give it back to your partner.

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6. Revise your essay. Once it is emailed to me, and appears to be acceptable, you may go home.

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Homework:

Make sure you have a definition and working knowledge of the following topics.  Write at least 2 sentences about each:

  • Genghis Khan
  • Mongols
  • Silk Road
  • Chinese Dynasties
  • barbarians
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