Discover the influence and positive character traits of Thurgood Marshall with a reading passage and RACES writing prompt for fourth grade.
Who was Thurgood Marshall? Read and Write About Influential Figures in American History
Thurgood Marshall is a name written many times in America’s history books and for a good reason. Marshall was a lawyer and an activist who contributed much to the equal rights movement in America during the 20th Century. He dedicated his whole life to fighting discrimination. He assisted in the formation and defense of the NAACP (The National Association of Colored People), which helped immensely in changing how African Americans were treated by the government and by other races.
This worksheet integrates Social Studies and Writing concepts. This two-page resource consists of the following stages of writing development
- Students will read a short passage that includes facts about Thurgood Marshall, his life story, accomplishments, and legacy.
- Students will complete a R.A.C.E.S. graphic organizer to plan their response
- Students record their answers as a constructed response paragraph and use a checklist to verify that all parts are included.
Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding
In addition to independent student work time, use this worksheet as an activity for:
- Guided writing groups
- Lesson warm-up
- Lesson wrap-up
- Fast finishers
- Homework assignment
- Whole-class review (via smartboard)
Fast Finisher Activity
- Challenge your fast finishers to extend their constructed response topic into a research project or essay development activity.
Support Struggling Students
- Support struggling writers or ESL students by providing sentence frames to aid them in constructing their sentences.
- Read the passage together and highlight ideas that could be used as evidence and supporting details.
Easily Download & Print
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To save paper, we suggest printing this 2-page worksheet double-sided.
Additionally, project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks.
This resource was created by Nicole Ellis, a teacher in New York and Teach Starter Collaborator.
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