For the Sake of Argument


Overview | How can writing change people’s worldview? How can it influence public opinion? How can it lead to meaningful action?

The persuasive essay is a quintessential high school writing assignment. With the Common Core standards, it seems to have taken on a new urgency in many school districts and classrooms. But students should know that evidence-based persuasive writing is more than just an academic exercise — it is very much alive in the real world. Perhaps one of the best and most widely recognized examples of persuasive writing in action is the classic newspaper editorial, three to four of which The New York Times publishes every day.

In this lesson, we offer suggestions on how to guide students through the writing process when writing editorials — from brainstorming a topic to publishing their work — and all the steps in between. This lesson can be used in conjunction with our Student Contest on editorial writing, or with any argumentative writing project you do with students.

CLICK: NYT’s lesson plan


See Me After School









Josina Reaves: A high school teacher at Poly Prep in Dyker Heights in Brooklyn. How do you feel right now? Exhausted. What was the highlight of your day? I read some fantastic student poems; some were really thoughtful, well done, and revealing.

Kate Louis








Kate Louis: A high school English teacher at Urban Assembly For Green Careers on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. How do you feel right now? Accomplished, proud of students who stayed late, and overwhelmed because I still need to make lesson plans for tomorrow.

Maddie Sage-EL








Maddie Sage-El: A high school special education teacher at Urban Assembly for Green Careers on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. How do you feel right now? Exhausted.

CLICK: post by photographer Swikar Patel

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