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Lesson 1
Take Action - Writing Persuasively

Learning from Examples of
Powerful Commentaries

Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify an author’s claim
  • Identify examples of writing craft

Overview/Purpose:

In this lesson, students begin reading commentary to build an understanding of this genre.

Guiding Questions:

  • What is commentary?
  • What can we learn about commentary from reading examples of this genre?

Recommended Time:

90 minutes

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.1
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.2
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.4
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.5
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.6

 

Materials:

Make a Commentary Packet for students containing 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:

None

 

Lesson Design:

  • Distribute and review Commentary Packet and commentary examples with students.
  • Read through the first commentary, “Starve, Get Aid, Repeat” by Craig and Marc Kielburger as a class.
  • Model how to complete the graphic organizer.
  • Students work on reading at least three additional commentaries, completing the organizer.