1. Before the students begin their writing, some time should be spent discussing current events and what topics could be editorialized. This could be done in several ways: distributing copies of a local paper and allowing the students to read through them, watching a FOXNEWS or CNN news broadcast, or watching a local news broadcast. During this time, if appropriate topics are identified, you may want to add some of these student ideas to the list for the ensuing activity.
2. Give students the writing assignment
You will choose a current event and write an effective editorial that argues your point of view. Your editorial must follow the proper organization as discussed in class. Additionally, your editorial must be free from any spelling or mechanical errors.
3. Have students choose their topic. Students should choose a topic that they can be passionate about and be able to argue. Additionally, the topic should be one that the students could easily formulate arguments for.
4. The students should then be given time in the library to research their topic. Students should be looking for evidence to support their claims.
5. For the next step to this assignment, the students should be given time to write their editorials. The entire writing process should be followed—brainstorming/outlining, rough draft, peer review and editing, and final draft.
To wrap up this assignment, the students could share their editorials with the class.