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Teacher Resources by Grade
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|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Persuasive Essay: Environmental Issues
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Three 45-minute sessions, plus independent work|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Chart paper and writing materials
- Computers with Internet access
Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.
- Pew Environmental Group
- The EPA Climate Change Kids Site
- Should Marine Mammals Be in Captivity?
- EEK! Environmental Education for Kids
- EPA Student Center
- Persuasive Writing
|1.||Review and bookmark the Persuasive Writing website, which offers information on the format of a persuasive essay, the writing and peer conferencing process, and a rubric for evaluating students' work. Make copies of the sections "Conferencing with a Peer" and "Persuasive Essay Rubric" to distribute to students during the lesson.
|2.||Print copies of the Role Play Activity sheet.
|3.||Print the sample persuasive essay Should Marine Mammals Be in Captivity? to read aloud to students and use for close examination of the format and techniques of writing a persuasive essay.
|4.||Schedule time in the computer lab, and bookmark the Persuasion Map and the environmental websites listed above.
|5.||Gather additional print resources (e.g., texts, magazines, newspapers) to supplement students’ research on environmental issues. Students should be able to access these print resources in the school or classroom library.