This package gives students a choice in the topics they will use for writing a persuasive essay. A 'writing contract' that explains the requirements and goals of the essay will be signed by the student prior to research. A graphic organizer is included to help students piece their essay together. An example of putting researched materials into an essay without plagiarizing is also included. A rubric is provided for easy grading. Finally, a sample essay will help to show students what a finished product should look like. Everything is in Word Document format for easy editing to fit your needs!