Take Action - Writing Persuasively
Adding Comparisons to
Support Your Claims
After this lesson, students will be able to:
- Develop an outline for their commentary
Students revise their commentaries to add comparisons.
- How can adding comparisons strengthen our commentaries?
Recommended Time:45 minutes
Common Core State Standards:
Commentary packet that contains the following:
- Reading/Research: Writing Commentaries Handout
- Copies of the following commentaries and/or appropriate substitutes:
“Starve, Get Aid, Repeat” by Craig and Marc Kielburger
“Put Your Money Where Your Mouths Are” by Nick Kristof
“Kyleigh’s Law’ is not the Answer for Connecticut’s Young Drivers” by Brian Koonz
Drafts of commentary
- Explain that good persuasive writers use comparisons to support their claims.
- Comparisons can…
1. Be written as similes
2. Be written as metaphors
3. Use hyperbole
- Ask students to find examples of comparisons in the Commentary Packet.
- Share discovered examples.
- Students find places in their drafts where they might be able to add effective and compelling comparisons as support.