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A research guide for 8th grade social studies

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The Brooklyn Bridge

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Your Assignment

Writing about the Brooklyn Bridge


I) Introduction

1. Topic sentence that provides a HOOK for the audience.

2. Briefly explain the who, what, when, and where of the Brooklyn Bridge.

3. End your paragraph with this thesis statement, “The Brooklyn Bridge stands today as a symbol of industrialization, innovation and courage in the US during the late 1800’s.”


II) Middle Paragraph: Events surrounding the building of bridge and its opening

1. Pick an event/aspect surrounding the bridge that you are going to write about. (e.g. Haigh and faulty wiring, opening day, suicides/deaths, role of Emily Roebling)

2. Begin with a good topic sentence. (e.g. “There were many interesting aspects or events that occurred during the building of the bridge that should not go unnoticed.”)

3. Include 3 supporting details that describe the event or aspect you have picked.

4. End with a transition sentence.


III) Conclusion

1. Begin with a strong topic sentence that states the importance of the Brooklyn Bridge as a symbol of the times in which it was built.            

2. Include the answer to these questions in your paragraph:

  • What did the Brooklyn Bridge mean to the people of the time?
  • What role did the Bridge play in the Industrial Revolution?
  • Why are we still studying the Brooklyn Bridge today

3. End with a strong concluding sentence.


The Brooklyn Bridge

You must use and cite at least 5 sources.


Required sources:

  • 2 database articles
  • 2 websites
  • 1 book (can be textbook)