In this lesson, students will learn how to write a successful op-ed by focusing on a controversial topic in popular culture. They will research the topic thoroughly, choose a side to argue, and convey their positions in a 2-3 page op-ed.
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First, define what an op-ed is for your students. An op-ed is an opinionated editorial essay. Content can range from anything as specific as your high school's dress code policy to something as large-scale and controversial as the death penalty, as long as it is current and merits some debate. An op-ed picks one side of the issue and makes a clear and concrete argument in its favor.