Lesson 4: Writing Persuasively

Lesson 4

Take Action - Writing Persuasively

Planning a Commentary: 
Determining Opinion & Tone


After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Experiment using various tones and craft moves

Students make initial plans for their commentary, determining a statement of opinion, and selecting a tone before making an outline for the piece.
Guiding Questions:
  • How can making some decisions about opinion and tone help us prepare to write our commentaries?
Recommended Time:
45-90 minutes

Common Core State Standards:
Commentary packet that contains 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:
  • Explain that commentary writers, like writers of all genres, make some decisions before drafting.

  • By the end of class, students will be required to turn-in an index card with their name, the topic for their commentary, and a statement that clearly expresses their opinion about the topic and what tone they intend to use in their writing.

  • Model for students how you would determine these things for yourself. Show how you would experiment crafting an opinion statement and try writing in various tones.

  • Students use the remaining time writing to make these decisions for themselves.

  • Collect index cards at the end of class, reading them to determine who is ready for the next step.
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