Does the U.S. Constitution guarantee students the right to wear whatever clothing they want to school? What if that clothing is controversial or disruptive? In Drafting Board: Student Expression, students explore those questions and more through the lens of a teenager named Ben. Using arguments presented in a variety of resource documents, students must decide whether Ben’s controversial band t-shirt can be banned by Principal Carter. 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 »