Reflection: Student Ownership A Personal Declaration Essay, Day One - Section 2: A Personal Declaration


My students threw some controversial topics on their brainstorming board--and that's okay. Could their discussions and writing get heated? Yes. Is it worth it? Yes.

The whole purpose of this final persuasive essay is to have students write about something important to them, hence the title of the assignment. Passion is the goal!

Of course, there is the possibility students will just repeat arguments they've heard before, the cliche. My role is to help them avoid that--I'll check in outlines and offer feedback to help students move beyond the expected.

  Controversial Topics
  Student Ownership: Controversial Topics
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A Personal Declaration Essay, Day One

Unit 1: Persuasive Writing
Lesson 14 of 22

Objective: Students will be able to write a claim, evidence, and details on a topic of personal importance by completing an essay outline.

Big Idea: What's your stand? Personal persuasion.

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