Lesson Plan

Writing a Persuasive Essay

From beginning to end: persuade others with quality writing.
Carol O.
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Beatrice High School
Beatrice, NE
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Common Core Writing Standard 1. Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

Common Core Writing Standard 2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

W.9-10.4  Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in W.9-10.1-3.)

W.9-10.5  Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of L.9-10.1-3.)

W.9-10.7  Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

W.9-10.8  Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

English Language Arts
Social Studies
World Languages
Health & Wellness
Grades 9 - 12
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1 Hook - Where do you stand?

Students will peruse procon.org to get them thinking about controversial issues, and think about where they stand on those issues.   Students will then have a discussion using Today's Meet to share ideas, either pro or con on topics they choose to discuss.

2 Direct Instruction - Finding Information

Students will select their persuasive essay topic, and begin researching factual information to support their essay.

3 Guided Practice - Plan it out

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Students will begin to organize their information using the diagramming tool, Creately.  They will put their main ideas with supporting details to prepare to write their paper.

4 Independent Practice

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Students will write their persuasive essay.  They will use the Chrome Extension, Grammarly, to provide editing and grammar suggestions as the student writes.

5 Wrap Up - Cite it and Peer Edit

The student will cite their sources, and before submitting their paper, they will have peer edit reviews using Kaizena.