I teach both 7th and 8th grade social studies and we study American and World History during the 20th Century (Core Knowledge Curriculum). Recently, my school has asked that I provide history writing samples (essays) from my students for their portfolios. I am the only one who teaches middle school social studies and have hit a wall in my brainstorming. I do teach a month long unit on research papers (7th grade biographies and 8th grade thesis papers) which will be included in the portfolios, but I'd love some ideas on topics for more current history essay topics. I've searched the web and not found exactly what I was looking for... I'm hoping that someone who teaches similar history classes will be able to share age-appropriate essay topics! Thanks a million!