This 7-page document, with free bonus worksheet, is great for getting your students talking and writing from the start of the school year. Students write a claim focusing on the issues that teenagers face, offering suggestions about how to overcome these challenges. The activity begins with a listening task in which the teacher reads a passage about a teenager's experience with an eating disorder her friend is trying to overcome. The directions include tips for the teacher on how to develop the lesson on note-taking and listening. The next step is to use a graphic in order to select coordinating information about the feelings of the average teen. Students can discuss whether they agree of disagree with information from the graphic and why, writing margin notes as they go. The 3rd source is an article by a developmental psychologist regarding the lessons teens learn by overcoming challenges. Students can then answer the essay prompt, using the essay organizer and text-based evidence (quote) organizer, to complete the task. A free essay cover sheet of writing survey questions is included to gear you, the teacher, on skills to work on for the next essay. Please note that this product does not tell the student or teacher how to write the essay. A teacher who buys this must be confident with his/her ability to use the sources to write for the prompt. Sometimes the hardest part for a teacher is selecting a topic students can relate to, and then finding the source information. This product takes care of that hard work for you. Thanks for your interest!