From Black Friday MANIA through Christmas magic, the holidays are filled with the most extreme examples of humanity. We see people trampled to death over a flat screen TV, but we also see the most giving side of the biggest Scrooges we know.
If you're looking for an essay writing experience to get you through the last few days before winter break, you've found it!
Writing Argument: The Holiday Season Synthesis Essay
This product is a lesson plan and student handout that you could spend anywhere from two to fourteen days teaching. The essay is built around the Common Core expectations for strong, arguable claims and the ability to synthesize multiple sources.
This particular essay asks the question: Does American culture prove to be more greedy or more generous during the holiday season? The job of the students is to read through the (up to) ten sources provided, track the evidence for each argument, decide which side to argue, outline, and then write an argumentative essay that proves that our culture is either more greedy or more generous when Christmas trees are up and mall parking lots are overflowing.
This product includes: the teacher lesson plan, the essay prompt, ten pre-selected and highly engaging sources to read and watch, an evidence tracker, an essay organizer, essay outline, and finally, a CCSS aligned writing rubric.
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Keywords: common core, writing, argument, persuasion, claim, Christmas, holidays, greed, generosity, english, language arts, essay