Isaac used the following template to write his body paragraphs…
1. TOPIC SENTENCE: A rewrite of the question with the answer. This sentence is the long answer to the question.
2. EVIDENCE-This proves the argument to be true. This can be a fact or a quote (only one quote per paragraph) from the reading. REMEMBER to cite where the information came from.
3. EXPLAIN THE EVIDENCE: What does the evidence mean? You must prove that you understand what the quote means or explain how the evidence ties into your topic sentence or argument.
4. ARGUMENT: Explains what the evidence proves. It answers the question SO WHAT about the evidence???? This sentence answers why the topic sentence is true. (Example sentence–The evidence proves that THE TOPIC SENTENCE is true because…)
Harriet Tubman’s Greatest Achievements
In 1849, Harriet Tubman decided to escape slavery. She escaped on her own and left her husband behind. Harriet Tubman was an African-American slave who escaped and helped many other slaves escape. She was born in 1822 and passed in 1913. In her lifetime, she worked on the Underground Railroad for more than 10 years, she also rescued 800 slaves on a gunboat. For about 52 years she was a caregiver. I am writing about Harriet Tubman’s greatest achievements and how much risk there was, how long it took, and how many people were helped. She was well known for her achievements. I think her first greatest achievement was freeing 800 slaves, then her work on the Underground Railroad was her second and her caregiving was her least great achievement.
Harriet Tubman’s greatest achievement was her freeing 800 slaves during the Combahee River Raid. She led a spy team and helped provide intelligence before and during the raid and she helped the spies behind the lines (Doc C). She was nicknamed “Moses” because she led slaves out of slavery and led them to freedom just like Moses from the Old Testament did (Doc C). During the River Raid, the risk was high. Working as a spy during the Civil War must have been dangerous. The raid itself took one day. She freed 800 slaves. This was her greatest achievement because she saved more people than she did on the Underground Railroad and caregiving combined all in one day.
Harriet Tubman’s second greatest achievement was caregiving. The soldiers she nursed for four years were soldiers from the 54th infantry (Doc D). In order to make money, she would bake pies and make root beer and had someone sell them for her (Doc D). After she cared for soldiers for four years she would take care of the people she lived with for the rest of her life (Doc E). She took care of her husband and 6 other people that lived with her (Doc E). The risk was low, she was caregiving for 52 years and helped around 100 people. This was her second greatest achievement because she didn’t save anyone but she had to deal with blood and guts on a daily basis for a couple of years. And she wasn’t being paid by the army for helping wounded soldiers.
Harriet Tubman’s least great achievement was her work on the Underground Railroad. Tubman walked about 125 miles altogether when she was in the Underground Railroad (Doc A). She was compelled to escort her escaped slaves to St. Catherine’s because people who saw escaped slaves were forced to turn them in, and in St. Catherine’s people weren’t forced to do that (Doc A). The risk was high. It took 10 years to save only 38 people from slavery. The Underground Railroad was Harriet Tubman’s least great achievement because she only saved 38 slaves, and most of them were only family members and during the 10 years she only saved 38 slaves which were the least amount of slaves helped.
Harriet Tubman did lots of great things in her lifetime, her participating in the River Raid was her first greatest achievement. Her caregiving wounded soldiers for four years and her not getting paid anything was her second greatest achievement. And Tubman’s least great achievement was The Underground Railroad. Harriet Tubman would risk her freedom for other people, and she didn’t expect anything back from anyone when she helped them be free.