While students are writing about topics with which they are familiar, editorials are only persuasive if they include solid evidence supporting the writer’s opinion. With this in mind, students begin to develop strong arguments by gathering facts, quotations, statistics and examples related to their topics. Students use web searches, books and other print materials to gather material that will ultimately be incorporated into their written pieces.
Students use the Internet to search for relevant evidence to include in their editorials. After learning how to use search engines to find websites on their topics, students evaluate the websites for trustworthiness.
Students learn that including different types of evidence such as facts, quotations, statistics and examples helps make an editorial more persuasive. Students then identify potential sources of evidence for their editorials.
Students learn strategies for taking effective notes and apply them to websites and/or articles relevant to their editorial topics. They record key information about what they find, using their own words.
Students use their research findings to clarify the opinions they will state in their editorials. Based on their revised opinion statements, students develop two or three specific supporting arguments.