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Lesson 8
Take Action - Writing Persuasively

Adding Comparisons to
Support Your Claims

Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Develop an outline for their commentary

Overview/Purpose:

Students revise their commentaries to add comparisons.

Guiding Questions:

  • How can adding comparisons strengthen our commentaries?

Recommended Time:

45 minutes

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.1
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.2
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.4
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.5

 

Materials:

Commentary packet that contains the following:

  1. Reading/Research: Writing Commentaries Handout
  2. 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

 

Technology Required:

None


Lesson Design:

  • 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.