- Students should be prepared to take notes during this lesson.
- Go over the contents of an editorial:
- It typically deals with a current issue affecting many readers.
- Is persuasive by giving readers all of the facts and concerns.
- Gives suggestions to the readers.
- Has a balanced opinion, if offered, taking into account both sides of the debate.
- The teacher may want to reference an editorial at this point and connect the content information with an actual editorial.
- Go over the construction of an editorial:
- An editorial is an official view of the paper, so it is often thought out
- It is free from emotive terms.
- It is a balanced argument.
- Go over the must haves of an editorial:
- An editorial must have an introduction, a body, solution and conclusion.
- An editorial must have an objective explanation of the issue.
- Offers opinions from the opposing viewpoint.
- Good editorial engage issues, not personalities and refrain from name-calling or other petty tactics of persuasion.
- Offers solutions to the problems.
- A solid conclusion summarizes the writer’s opinion.
- Go over the four types of editorials:
- Editorials of argument and persuasion take a firm stand on a problem or condition. They attempt to persuade the reader to think the same way. This editorial often proposes a solution or advises taking some definite action.
- Editorial of information and interpretation attempt to explain the meaning or significance of a situation or news event. There is a wide variety of editorials in this category, ranging from those which provide background information to those which identify issues.
- Editorials of tribute, appreciation or commendation praise a person or an activity.
- Editorials of entertainment have two categories:
- One is the short humorous treatment of a light topic.
- The second is a slightly satirical treatment of a serious subject.
- The teacher may want to reference an editorial at this point.
- Go over the structure of an editorial:
- Editorials adhere to a strict formula:
- Introductions state the problem
- The body expresses an opinion
- There is a solution to the problem
- The conclusion emphasizes the main point
- The teacher at this point should put the transparency on the overhead. First read through the article with students. Copies of the editorial could be made available. Using colored transparency pens, the teacher should identify the structure elements in the editorial. Additionally, the students should identify the type of editorial the example is.
The closure for this lesson will take place during the following lesson when the students have more direct access with editorials.
The assessment for this lesson will be seen in the students ability to identify types of editorials.