Should schools require that students perform community service in order to graduate? What are some of the benefits or drawbacks to requiring such activities? In Drafting Board: Community Service, students will study a policy that may already apply to them or their friends. Using arguments presented in a variety of resources, students must decide whether they should have maximum flexibility to develop their talents, or whether mandatory service would help them develop skills and discover interests. Drafting Board is an online essay-building platform that guides students through the process of producing clear and polished persuasive essays. Using this interactive, students will learn to make a claim and support it with evidence and reasoning in order to produce a structured and effective argument. This activity may take more than a full class period, so we encourage educators to preview it fully before assigning to students.
In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 5-12, students use BrainPOP resources (including an online game) to explore the process of producing clear and polished opinion essays. Students will use arguments presented in a variety of resource documents to help them form an opinion on a controversial civics issue. They will then use an online essay-building platform to make their claim and support it with evidence and reasoning in order to produce a structured and effective argument. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards. See more »