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Lesson 4: Writing Day: First Draft

In this lesson students will review exemplar op-eds, PSAs, and public testimonies and begin the first draft of their final project.

Persuasive Writing
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Common Core State Standards (CCSS)


Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.


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)


Construct arguments using claims and evidence from multiple sources, while acknowledging the strengths and limitations of the arguments.


Construct explanations using reasoning, correct sequence, examples, and details with relevant information and data, while acknowledging the strengths and weaknesses of the explanations.

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