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History Task

The purpose of this task is to provide a student an opportunity to demonstrate competency in an important topic in history: how the past influences the present. The specific topic that will be examined is America’s history with and current relationship to Confederate monuments. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

In this task, learners are asked to read a pro/con text to build background knowledge on both sides of this issue. There is a text-dependent question set to accompany each side of the argument in the text. Learners also watch a National Geographic video and take notes using the Cornell system. Finally, learners write an argument essay in which they analyze and explain which side of the argument is better supported and why.