Manifestos are an excellent hybrid of creative writing and writing for the "real world". Companies across the globe rely on establishing their values through a carefully crafted manifesto - this assignment is inspired by that idea and has been adapted to empower students to draft a short manifesto capturing their own belief system.
This writing lesson walks students through three stages of writing: pre-writing (a listing exercise), a first draft, a series of models, and finally, a second draft of their personal manifesto.
Depending on your class, this lesson could take anywhere from 1-2 class periods (50 minutes) or one block class.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE LESSON:
Goals of this lesson:
• Introduce students to the concept of a manifesto.
• Encourage students to look into their own futures, set goals, and imagine what is possible.
• Teach students how to use concise language to communicate powerfully.
Ways to use this lesson:
• Beginning of the year/get to know you
• Writing lesson to help eliminate wordiness
• Creative writing
• With staff members
• Write one manifesto as a class with each student contributing one line or one word.
The following Common Core State Standards are met:
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