For this assignment, students will think about a current issue on which they have an opinion. They will write their own opinion piece about the issue, and clearly communicate their stance on the issue. They will need to support their stance with fact, data, and/or specific examples. This is handout for students that outlines the expectations of the assignment and also includes a writer's checklist of ten questions that should ask themselves (to check for completion and quality) before they turn in their work.
To get started on this assignment, you might want to read a few editorials together as a group and have a discussion about what makes them effective.