"Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus" is a feel-good Christmas editorial written in 1897 as a response to a little girl’s letter to The Sun, a popular newspaper of the time. Francis P. Church’s famous answer rocked readers and is still the most-read editorial of all time. This is a short but useful example of preparing a persuasive argument that can be accomplished in one class sitting, or two at the most – a perfect filler close to the holidays.
Along with the short editorial in double-entry format is a vocabulary handout and answer key and a summarized version. Also included is a list of literary elements, handouts on Argumentation and Persuasion and Fact vs. Opinion.
This lesson is scaffolded and differentiated. Teacher decides on group readings and summarizing, and teacher determines what definitions to give students. Teacher decides how closely to examine argumentation and persuasion as a writing technique as well.
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