Writing is awesome! You know what makes writing even better? When you have controversial topics in which to write that gets your students fired up! In this packet, you'll find high-interest topics such as video game addiction, video game violence, earbuds causing hearing loss, elimination of recess, beaver dams and more.
Paired texts, transition words chart, Graphic organizers, video weblinks, answer key, and rubric included!
Great for Common Core standards: W3.1 (a,b,c,d); W4.1 (a,b,c,d); W5.1 (a,b,c,d); W6.1 (a,b,c,d,e)
These are performance based tasks that are highly rigorous and engaging. Most of the tasks features two paired texts that may or may not have conflicting points-of-view and a video news clip for a total of three sources per task.