Op-Ed Essay Research Project PBL Print & Digital

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Let's Cultivate Greatness
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8th - 12th, Homeschool
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Upgrade your social studies class with this authentic research and persuasive essay project that engages your students to be real agents of change with their local community!

Cultivating great writing skills isn’t hard. You just need the scaffolded, step-by-step directions and models in one low-prep, everything's-included project kit.

This resource comes in both PDF and Google Slides for your flexibility!


Greatness is taking one’s words and thoughts, perfected over years in the classroom, to the real world in order to create authentic change.

This nation holds highest its free speech and press, yet so few meaningfully use it. Town halls are sorely attended and newspapers are struggling to stay alive. And Twitter fails at the “long-form” meaningful conversations of the local paper’s Opinion section.

Challenge your students to research an issue they're passionate about and write a submit-worthy Letter to the Editor, creating something that will influence the world beyond your classroom walls.

Included in this project kit:

  • Project Steps sheet- take students from brainstorming to submitting in 6 scaffolded steps
  • 5 Free Write sheets- get students going with different prompts to encourage their budding ideas and opinions
  • Essay Plan sheet- solidify their ideas to prepare for a teacher conference, prior to beginning the writing stage
  • News Media Research sheet: collect their source analysis as they learn more
  • 2 Outline sheets- includes 2 versions, depending on the scaffolding needs of your students
  • Essay Overview sheet- offer action-driven directions to each part of the Op-Ed essay
  • Annotated Sample sheet- provide an example of a complete Op-Ed essay
  • Peer / Self Edit sheet- help to catch any aspects that need improvement
  • Reflection & Rubrics sheets- give clear expectations for fast scoring (also comes in an editable Word Doc for your customization!)
  • BONUS Skill Sheets: Analyzing News Media Sources, Annotating a Text, Annotating a Citation, Citing Evidence & Sourcing, and Finding Appropriate Sources

PDF & Goggle Slides of all students materials!


Save and get the bundle, turning your students into civic participants!

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Make this into a larger writing project your students will thank you for

College & Scholarship Essay Project encourage your students to turn their words into cold hard cash and glory through real scholarships, essay contests, and Op-Ed pieces they write and submit

Want more individual plug-and-play writing projects?


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26 PDF + 24 Google Slides
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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