The Use of the Atomic Bomb Formal Writing Assignment

Learning Targets:

  • I can categorize statements into groups that share a common topic or thread.
  • I can compose a main claim that encompasses an entire category.
  • I can support the main claim with sub-claims that fit into the category.
  • I can provide evidence and reasoning for my sub-claims.
  • I can meet the 8th grade Writing Specs, ESPECIALLY ACTIVE VOICE!
  • I can follow instructions and meet deadlines. (0 or 3 – you either do these things or not.)

It’s been called the most important single event of the 20th century, and the short-term and long-term impacts of the use of the atomic bomb have been debated since August of 1945. In class, we discussed and debated the use of atomic weapons as an end to the Pacific War in World War II. Now, look back at the claims presented. Make a decision – should the United States have used the atomic bomb in 1945?

Once you have decided “Yes” or “No,” write a main, overarching claim that summarizes why.

Then, support your main claim that summarizes why with three sub-claims that offer specific examples. All three examples should be related and should fit into the same category.

You know how Mr. Taft explains it — Yes because grapes. Green grapes. Purple grapes. Red grapes.

Turn your main claim, three sub-claims, evidence for three sub-claims, and reasoning for three sub-claims into one coherent paragraph. Use all of the notes you have taken on this topic. You may also want to use the outline provided.

Seek feedback from classmates. Help one another revise and proofread. Turn in what you consider a first-rate, polished, final draft. Turn in what you think is your best work. Reassessment will be available at my discretion, meaning I will decide who should reassess.

When you think your draft is as perfect as it can be, prepare it for submission on GoogleClassroom following instructions provided. Dr. Walczak will accept submissions via GoogleClassroom only up until the deadline. If your work is late, you must print and hand in the hard copy.

Please follow MLA guidelines for formatting your draft: 12 point Times New Roman, 1-inch margins, double-spaced.

Final Draft Instructions:

  1. Double-check formatting listed above.
  2. Use the 8th grade Writing Specs as a checklist. WRITE IN ACTIVE VOICE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.
  3. HIGHLIGHT your main claim in YELLOW.
  4. HIGHLIGHT your three sub-claims in GREEN. Make sure all three relate to and support your main claim!
  5. HIGHLIGHT any vocabulary words or other impressive word choices that you’re proud of in BLUE.

Click here for the GoogleDoc of this assignment sheet. It’s also available on GoogleClassroom.

Section 2 and Edward Tulane cast and crew – you may turn your work in by Wednesday 5/15, but you’ll need to print and turn in a hardcopy. I will not check GoogleClassroom after Monday 5/13.

IF YOU WRITE YOUR PARAGRAPH ON THE ASSIGNMENT SHEET GOOGLEDOC ON GOOGLECLASSROOM, FOLLOW MLA FORMAT AND DELETE THE ASSIGNMENT SHEET AND OUTLINE PARTS ON THE GOOGLEDOC; I JUST WANT TO SEE YOUR PARAGRAPH!

YOU CAN ALSO CREATE AND SUBMIT A NEW GOOGLEDOC.

Click here to review MLA formatting.

Click here to review the Writing Specs.