Should the U.S. President be elected by the Electoral College or by the national popular vote? Believe it or not, this argument dates all the way back to the Founding Fathers! In Drafting Board: Electoral College, students can engage in an evidence-based evaluation of the issue. Using arguments presented in a variety of resources, students must decide how the U.S. electoral system should work. 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 »