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Teaching Students to Write Editorials

March 19th, 2014

One of my favorite writing genres for argumentative Teaching Tasks is the editorial. Examples are easily accessible on almost any topic are easily accessible, and students may be able to publish in the school or local newspaper.  

I just watched a three-minute video by Andrew Rosenthal, who is the editorial page editor at the New York Times, in which he explains seven basic essentials for writing an editorial. This video is part of a Times Learning Network blog posting that details steps for teaching students to write editorials. The post includes links to short, high-interest editorials from the Times archives that can serve as examples for students to analyze the structure of an editorial. You will need to set up an account for the blog, but the materials they provide are useful for every discipline. 

Once you set up your account and open the link on writing editorials, check the list of lesson plan categories on the right of the posting: American history, science, health, global history, ELA, journalism, technology, and academic skills are just part of the list. Share this free resource with teachers!


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