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Who knew that writing a persuasive essay and studying a public issue could be so much fun? This essay is perfect for the current political climate.
This essay requires students to behave like responsible citizens. They research a public issue, connect it to a Constitutional belief, design a thesis statement, find evidence, use critical thinking skills, write, and debate. Whew. And, they actually love it!
This is a complete writing unit in one easy-to-use scaffolded student guide. Scaffolding information is the sequencing of content, materials, and tasks. ALL terms are defined within the guide. Simply move through the materials, with students, bit-by-bit as time allows.
This item includes:
What is a Persuasive Essay? Anchor Chart
Public Issues Anchor Chart
Constitutional Beliefs Anchor Chart
Supporting A Thesis With Evidence Anchor Chart
A cover for the student materials packet
A quote for analysis, discussion, and debate
Brainstorming public issues and their effects on citizens
Identifying community, state, national, and global public issues
Selecting a public issue and stating three good supporting reasons
Writing a bibliography with specific examples
It also includes:
Choosing a public issue and writing a strong title
Introductory paragraph, thesis statement, application of Constitutional belief, good beginning
Three paragraphs for reasons supporting the thesis, transition words
A conclusion paragraph with transition words
A writer's checklist
Final draft student directions
Title page with specific student directions for illustration
Final draft bibliography to be alphabetically correct
This item easily allows for differentiation. Students will become more responsible citizens and better writers too.
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