Commentaries (also known as editorials and Op/Ed pieces) are a form of persuasive writing. By blending opinion and credible research, you attempt to convince others to agree with your data, share your values, accept your argument and conclusions, and adopt your way of thinking.
This excellent 2-page introductory activity provides a concise explanation of commentaries AND a worksheet. The worksheet provides 9 specific questions and guidelines to help students develop a topic and define content for a persuasive commentary backed up by quality research. The explanation page may be used as a teacher reference or as a student handout
This activity is appropriate for student journalists or English/Language Arts students studying persuasive essays.