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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