This lesson is perfect to introduce students to the writing argument, specifically a claim of evaluation, for which they must evaluate a current issue or policy.
This lesson includes two informational articles about Colin Kaepernick, the ex-quarterback who protested during the national anthem of televised NFL games. Students will use the articles to build background about the issue and to prompt their thinking. The articles also invite students to demonstrate close reading through annotations.
Students can share their ideas about the issue and then respond to the issue directly on the article handouts. This activity serves as a brainstorm exercise. Then, the teacher can help students organize their thoughts into an essay outline to prepare for writing.
The slides also include a writing prompt modeled after state assessments which require students to evaluate an issue or policy as they write their arguments.
This lesson has all you need to get your students thinking and writing about a current issue that relates to them.
I would take two days for this activity.
This lesson is a part of a larger bundle found here.
Writing Simple Arguments of Evaluation Unit Plan
Happy teaching and happy learning!