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Lesson 3: Choosing Your Issue

In this lesson students will help develop the issue they chose for their Soapbox speech topic by breaking down the problems they want to address and receiving feedback from classmates to help them refine their topic and begin to organize their ideas.

Persuasive Writing
Problem Solving
Democr. Foundations
Common Core State Standards (CCSS)


Introduce an issue clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aid comprehension.


Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

College, Career, and Civic Life Framework (C3)


Assess their individual and collective capacities to take action to address local, regional, and global problems, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.


Apply civic virtues and democratic principles in school and community settings.

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