This assignment could be used with middle school to sophomores in high school. I am currently using this with my 10th graders. It provides 5 persuasive research topics to choose from such as Is rebellion the most appropriate way to seek reform? With each topic, there is a list of possible topics to research. Also with each topic, I included ways for the student to elaborate on their topic. Usually, it involves a question asking the student to compare something in Hunger Games with another historical event or person.
With partners, I have students research articles that support or refute the persuasive topic. It can also be done individually or with more group members. The teacher would just change the requirements on how many articles to find.
Also, a reflection document for students is included to help them with their internet sources. Each reflection asks 6 questions. I ask students to find 1 article that supports their topic, 1 that refutes, and 1 of their choosing. There is also an option for extra credit.
1. Works Cited
2. Is this article persuasive or expository? How do you know?
3. Does the article support or refute your topic and give evidence. 4. Quote and explain 1 rhetorical devices used in the article
5. Summary of main points
6. How does this article connect to your persuasive research topic?
Also, an easy rubric for assessing the article reflections is included. If the student answers all the #2s then they get 10 points. If they skipped one of the #2 questions, then I deduct -3.