Students will use Leonard Pitts, Jr.’s “The Power of a Word” to propel and support a personal argument.
Please note that this essay is on a sensitive subject. Teachers must gauge whether or not they have established sufficient rapport with students in order to provide a comfortable atmosphere for discussion. Using this essay later in the year may be more appropriate, or teachers can use any text which is predominantly an argument.
Length of time needed: 1 class period (50 minutes)
This lesson was written by Greg Jones.
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Source: Greg Jones