With this resource I have provided a brief grade level appropriate overview of common social and political issues that many Americans are discussing. With each issue or topic you will also find a brief overview explaining the issue as well as the background of how the issue started and the thoughts and opinions of people from two opposing sides of the topic.
I have included a persuasive essay graphic organizer for each issue.
The information included with this resource will encourage in depth classroom discussions, engaging current event lessons as well as opportunities for your students to write meaningful persuasive or argumentative essays relative to today’s world.
Included With this Lesson: Tax Rates Overview and Opposing Sides Tax Rate Persuasive Essay Graphic Organizer Immigration Overview and Opposing Sides Immigration Persuasive Essay Graphic Organizer Voting Photo ID Overview and Opposing Sides Voting Photo ID Persuasive Essay Graphic Organizer Equal Pay, "Paycheck Fairness Act" Overview and Opposing Sides Equal Pay Persuasive Essay Graphic Organizer Minimum Wage Overview and Opposing Sides Minimum Wage Persuasive Essay Graphic Organizer National Parks Act Overview and Opposing Sides National Parks Act Persuasive Essay Graphic Organizer Persuasive Essay Writing Template
Who is it for?
4th Graders (9 to 10-year-olds)
5th Graders (10 to 11-year-olds)
6th Graders (11 to 12-year-olds)
Gifted & talented students
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Over the years I have taught 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade; as well as serving as a Curriculum Specialist, Testing Coach and finally a Gifted Specialist for many years.
I worked as a contributor to major textbook companies for seven years which caused me to realize there is a lack of authentic, challenging teaching materials that require little teacher prep and offer the rigor needed to meet the depth of our curriculum standards that students currently face. The products I offer require little teacher prep, are fun and creative and provide the level of rigor needed to challenge even your brightest learners.