Writing Commentaries: Learning From Examples of Powerful Commentaries

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How can students begin to change the world with their writing? By composing specific and sophisticated commentary, that’s how! This lesson serves as a great point of entry into the Rock Your World curriculum. Through an examination of commentaries by various authors, students build an understanding of this genre and its potential impact on the world at large. By lesson’s end, students are able to identify an author’s claim, and recognize elements of commentary, as well as understand why commentary can be an effective persuasive device.

Lesson Design:

  • Distribute and review Commentary Packet and commentary examples with students.
  • Read through the first commentary, “Starve, Get Aid, Repeat” by Craig and Marc Kielburger as a class.
  • Model how to complete the graphic organizer.
  • Students work on reading at least three additional commentaries, completing the organizer.
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