FIVE Holiday Persuasive Writing Lessons Using REAL-LIFE Court Cases

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We all know the holidays bring drama. And who loves drama more than teenagers?

Don't Be a Grinch offers FIVE Persuasive writing activities that are perfect for keeping students engaged all the way up to the start of the holiday break!.

Students analyze real world lawsuits

-A couple is sued by the city over their extensive holiday lights display

-A teen boy unknowingly receives a counterfeit hoverboard as a holiday gift and it burns down his house!

-A Sheriff replaces TV time in a prison with 10 hours of non-stop holiday music. Is it cruel and unusual punishment?

-A jewelry store runs a crazy holiday promotion but one customer is sill not happy with his prize.

-A woman claims she was trampled at Walmart on Black Friday as she tried to buy a tablet for $49.99

You can't make this up!

Student analyze the facts and then use the DRAAW + C writing framework used in law schools across the country to write their argument. Who should win? What is the rule? What will both sides argue? How will this decision affect the world?

Give yourself a break! Don't Be a Grinch requires LITTLE TO NO TEACHER PREP!

These lessons are very flexible.

- Do one as a guided lesson and then use the other lessons as independent work.

- Split students into different groups. Assign each group a different case.

- Go through all the lessons as an entire group (there are slides for EVERY case)

Keep students engaged in a fun and seasonal way!

Don't Be a Grinch Includes

-Teacher's Guide


-Student Work Pages (Available as Word Documents OR editable PDFS)

-Pre-made Braincandy Questions (Braincandy is a FREE online platform that allows students to take polls and answer questions in real time!)

All resources are available for download OR on Google Docs.

Get this lesson for FREE when you purchase our thinkLaw First Semester Holiday Bundle. The Bundle also includes a Halloween lesson and FIVE Thanksgiving Writing lessons!

thinkLaw First Semester Holiday Bundle

Or check out our Halloween and Thanksgiving lessons individually!

Dead Neighbors? A thinkLaw Halloween Lesson

Talking Turkey: thinkLaw Thanksgiving Writing Lessons

Total Pages
42 pages
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Introduce claim(s) and organize the reasons and evidence clearly.
Support claim(s) with clear reasons and relevant evidence, using credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Introduce claim(s), acknowledge alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.


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