How to Write an Op-Ed Using Pop Culture Topics

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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Lesson Plan

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.

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Lesson tags: Creative Writing, Eighth, English, Ninth, Pop Culture, Seventh, Tenth

Cassie Brown

Cassie Brown Cassie Brown is an award-winning playwright and performer as well as an experienced educator. Cassie currently teaches enrichment classes in magic, model airplane building, and outdoor adventure skills. She has a degree in Early Childhood Development in addition to a Bachelor's in Film Studies with a minor in Education. Cassie honed her understanding of student-centered education while at Sesame Street, where she spent years learning the value of combining entertainment with education.