1911 Shirtwaist Triangle Factory Fire Essay



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1911 Shirtwaist Triangle Factory Fire Essay

Students will conduct research and write an argumentative essay on who was to blame for the deaths in the Triangle Factory Fire. Based on that research, students will introduce a precise claim/position and support that claim with evidence from 6 reliable and authoritative sources.



PROMPT:

Below are a series of two essay questions. CIRCLE ONE essay question to answer:



  1. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory owners were to blame for the deaths of 146 employees in the fire of 1911.

  2. The government and society were to blame for the deaths of 146 employees in fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in 1911.

INTRODUCTION PARAGRAPH:

Hook: How are you going to get your reader interested in your essay? (Quote, statistic, scenario, anecdote) _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.

Background Information: What information will your reader need to know in order to be successful in reading your essay? (Who, what, where, when) ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Thesis statement: What is your position or stance on the above prompt? (Topic + position + 2-3 reasons or use the statements you circled above and add three reasons.) ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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BODY PARAGRAPH ONE (Position “For”)

Topic sentence: What is this paragraph about? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Contextual lead in: How will you introduce this piece of evidence? ______________________________________________________________________________________________

Text evidence/concrete detail: What is a piece of evidence you have to back up your position? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Commentary: Explain your evidence. Why is it significant? Why is it important? How does it prove your point? Analyze it. (At least 2 sentences) ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Contextual lead in: How will you introduce this piece of evidence? ______________________________________________________________________________________________

Text evidence/concrete detail: What is a piece of evidence you have to back up your position? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Commentary: Explain your evidence. Why is it significant? Why is it important? How does it prove your point? Analyze it. (At least 2 sentences) ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Closing sentence/transition: How can you move from this body paragraph to the next? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

BODY PARAGRAPH TWO (Position “Against”)

Topic sentence: What is this paragraph about? (It is true that __________; however, _____________) __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Contextual lead in: How will you introduce this piece of evidence? ______________________________________________________________________________________________

Text evidence/concrete detail: What is a piece of evidence you have to back up your position? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Commentary: Explain your evidence. Why is it significant? Why is it important? How does it prove your point? Analyze it. (At least 2 sentences) ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Contextual lead in: How will you introduce this piece of evidence? ______________________________________________________________________________________________

Text evidence/concrete detail: What is a piece of evidence you have to back up your position? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Commentary: Explain your evidence. Why is it significant? Why is it important? How does it prove your point? Analyze it. (At least 2 sentences) ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Closing sentence/transition: How can you move from this body paragraph to the next? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

BODY PARAGRAPH THREE (Strongest “For”position)



Topic sentence: What is this paragraph about? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Contextual lead in: How will you introduce this piece of evidence? ______________________________________________________________________________________________

Text evidence/concrete detail: What is a piece of evidence you have to back up your position? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Commentary: Explain your evidence. Why is it significant? Why is it important? How does it prove your point? Analyze it. (At least 2 sentences) ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Contextual lead in: How will you introduce this piece of evidence? ______________________________________________________________________________________________

Text evidence/concrete detail: What is a piece of evidence you have to back up your position? (teacher selected source/student selected source) __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Commentary: Explain your evidence. Why is it significant? Why is it important? How does it prove your point? Analyze it. (At least 2 sentences) ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Closing sentence/transition: How can you move from this body paragraph to the closing paragraph? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

CLOSING PARAGRAPH

Transition: How can you move from talking about individual ideas in your paragraphs to putting it all together? What is the point you are trying to make here?

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Restate your thesis: Say again, in a new way, what your thesis statement was.

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MLA FORMAT:

  • Your entire essay should be Times New Roman font, 12 pt., double spaced with 1’’ margins.

  • Your entire essay should be 3 pages in length.

  • Your heading in the beginning of your essay should look like the following:





  • At the end of your essay you will have a works cited page identifying your sources used throughout your essay.

  • Citations:

    • Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). Name of Site. Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available). Medium of publication. Date of access.

    • Example:


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