The Declaration of Independence from A-Z by Catherine Osornio a writing activity plan for 8th grade!
§110.20. English Language Arts and Reading, Grade 8, Beginning with School Year 2009-2010.
(18) Writing/Persuasive Texts. Students write persuasive texts to influence the attitudes or actions of a specific audience on specific issues. Students are expected to write a persuasive essay to the appropriate audience that:
(A) establishes a clear thesis or position;
(C) includes evidence that is logically organized to support the author's viewpoint and that differentiates between fact and opinion.