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DBQ’s At Sussman Middle School

It is incredibly important to be able to write well to get into college.

That is why Downey Unified School District has adopted the DBQ essay in their Social Studies classes.  All Social Studies classes from 6th grade through 12 grade practice the DBQ writing process numerous times throughout the school year.  What is a DBQ, you may be asking?  A Document Based Question is a five paragraph essay that typically answers a question based on a number of readings.  The DBQ’s teach students how to develop an arguable thesis and create strong supporting sentences with evidence.

Another very important part of the writing process is mastering grammar.  It is critical that students continually work on grammar.  Bad grammar is a distraction when reading essays and it takes away the writer’s credibility.  What reader will think a writer is an expert if he/she can not write a correct sentence?

Sussman Middle School has made a commitment to writing by making it our school-wide focus.  That means that students should be writing in all of their classes, including P.E., all of the time.

Remember learning to write well takes time and practice.  A student must learn to embrace every chance to practice to perfect the writing process.

Who was the Marquis de Lafayette?

The Marquis de Lafayette was a good friend of General George Washington.  Quite a bit younger than Washington, Lafayette saw Washington as an adoptive father.  The Marquis de Lafayette helped persuade the French king to provide troops and resources to the Continental Army in 1780.  Many think if it had not been for the Marquis, America would have lost the American Revolution.

Lafayette was bored in France and wanted some adventure.  When he heard that America was rebelling against their British government in 1777 he left his pregnant, teenage wife and wealth to travel to America.  He wanted to join the fight for American independence.

With a letter of introduction from Benjamin Franklin, Lafayette and his companions joined the Continental Army with the promise they would fight without pay.  Lafayette was wounded at the Battle of Brandywine, after being shot in the leg.  Stories of Lafayette’s heroism spread throughout the colonies.  Lafayette is considered a true friend to America as well as an American hero.  In fact, years later, after the war, Lafayette and his son traveled back to the United States where many grateful Americans welcomed him across the U.S.  Today, more than 40 cities and counties are named after the Marquis.

The Marquis de Lafayette is considered an American hero because his greatest passion was the idea that all people should be free.

The Name “United States of America” Becomes Official 241 Years Ago Today!

241 years ago, on September 9, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted a new name for the thirteen colonies.  The name was used by Thomas Jefferson as he was writing the Declaration of Independence.

We just finished studying the Declaration of Independence.  Can you summarize the Declaration of Independence while celebrating this unique holiday!

Can You Sum Up the D. of I. In a Tweet?

Slate asked: Can you sum up the Declaration of Independence in a tweet?

Common sense justice is life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all people; a republic for all, not an oligarchy. #TinyDeclaration
Equal rights are inalienable human rights. Government power vests in the people. People have a right to govern themselves. #TinyDeclaration

“We left this England place because it was bogus, so if we don’t get some cool rules, pronto, we’ll just be bogus, too.” #tinydeclaration

Voice in tax uses, Right to protest abuses, Journalism & readers, Accountable leaders, Religionless law, & justice for all. #TinyDeclaration
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