Manifestos are an excellent hybrid of creative writing and writing for the "real world". Companies across the globe rely on establishing their values through a carefully crafted manifesto - this assignment is inspired by that idea and has been adapted to empower students to draft a short manifesto capturing their own belief system.
This is a lesson that can be used in a variety of classes. From freshman English, to graduating seniors, to AVID, and even a homeroom class, asking students to write a MANIFESTO is a powerful and important writing experience. A manifesto, or mission statement, can help students zero in on what is important in life and ignore the other, more distracting, parts of high school. If a student’s manifesto is focused on getting into college or on improving themselves athletically, students can learn to discern between healthy and unhealthy choices that they have to make every day as a teenager.
This writing lesson walks students through three stages of writing: pre-writing (a listing exercise), a first draft, a series of models, and finally, a second draft of their personal manifesto. Students begin the lesson looking at mentor texts to inspire them along the way. Depending on your class, this lesson could take anywhere from 1-5 class periods.
This product includes...
• A 3-page teacher lesson plan
• A 6-page student handout PDF
• A 6-page student handout in Google Docs format (EDITABLE & DIGITAL to assign on Google Classroom!)
• A 10-slide Google Slides presentation with examples and definitions of manifestos for students to use as mentor texts (EDITABLE)
Goals of this lesson:
• Introduce students to the concept of a manifesto.
• Encourage students to look into their own futures, set goals, and imagine what is possible.
• Teach students how to use concise language to communicate powerfully.
Ways to use this lesson:
• Beginning of the year/get to know you
• Writing lesson to help eliminate wordiness
• Creative writing
• With staff members
• Write one manifesto as a class with each student contributing one line or one word.
The following Common Core State Standards are met:
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