Lesson 5: Writing Persuasively

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:

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

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