Lesson 1: Writing Persuasively

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Lesson 1

Take Action - Writing Persuasively

Learning from Examples of
Powerful Commentaries


After this lesson, students will be able to:

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

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:
Make a Commentary Packet for students containing the following:

2: Copies of the following commentaries and/or appropriate substitutes:

“Starve, Get Aid, Repeat” by Craig and Marc Kielburger
Technology Required:
Lessons 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.
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