Lesson 5
Take Action - Writing Persuasively

Drafting a Commentary


After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Develop an outline for their commentary


Students will write a rough draft of their commentary.

Guiding Questions:

  • How can creating an outline help us draft our commentaries?

Recommended Time:

90 minutes

Common Core State Standards:



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


Technology Required:



Lesson Design:

  • Explain to students that commentary writers, like writers of all genres, also make decisions about content and organization before drafting. Making an outline is one way to do this.
  • Share with students an outline you have created and model how you would use the outline to start drafting.
  • One possible model for a commentary outline is:

-Lead + Claim

-Reason #1

* support (example)

-Reason #2

* support (example)

-Reason #3

* support (example)

-Other POV/counter argument

-Interesting ending

  • Students work on creating their own outlines and start drafting.