English Language Arts: Persuasive Writing on Newsworthy Topics

Activity Idea: Have students write a persuasive essay on a newsworthy topic, for example global warming, marriage equality or immigration reform. Students can use the Note tool built into Seesaw, or use the Add File tool to import their essay from the device, Google Drive, or Dropbox. Later, have students provide feedback on another student’s essay by using the comment tool.

Tip: Before letting students comment, discuss what a "good" comment looks like as a class. Check out Common Sense Media's Digital Citizenship Curriculum if you need a starting point.

Supports Common Core: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.1: Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.3CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.3: Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, identifying any fallacious reasoning or exaggerated or distorted evidence. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.4CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.4: Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.1CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.1: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

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