Reflection: Lesson Planning Writing an Editorial (from a Visual Argument/Flyer) - Section 2: Guided Practice


While this assessment -- The Editorial -- has fewer "moving parts" than the Research Notebook, there is nonetheless a good deal to manage.  Certainly, the "flyer" could be an assessment in and of itself, but I have found it serves well as pre-writing, especially after they receive peer-reaction during the presentation.

Often when students write the requisite blog entry, they reflect that the experience of "testing out" their editorial claim was helpful to form a stronger argument.

But, having said that, I can see the flyer as its own assessment before moving on to other forms of writing.

When writing the actual editorial, I do find myself frequently referring back to the many published models I have shared and they have discovered.  These models are particularly helpful for illustrating the idea of "setting context" and the idea of presenting a "counter-argument" -- both features of nearly every reputable editorial, published by a large, daily paper.

Good luck with this lesson!

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Writing an Editorial (from a Visual Argument/Flyer)

Unit 3: Creating an Editorial Flyer
Lesson 3 of 3

Objective: SWABAT express a supportable and arguable personal opinion in a two-three page editorial regarding a topic of their own choosing.

Big Idea: ... editorial writing is part of a multi-layered process to develop a strong "voice" ...

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