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Students use the Internet to search for relevant evidence to include in their editorials. After learning how to use search engines to find websites on their topics, students evaluate the websites for trustworthiness.
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Students learn that including different types of evidence such as facts, quotations, statistics and examples helps make an editorial more persuasive. Students then identify potential sources of evidence for their editorials.
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Lesson 2.3: Take Notes

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Students learn strategies for taking effective notes and apply them to websites and/or articles relevant to their editorial topics. They record key information about what they find, using their own words.
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Students use their research findings to clarify the opinions they will state in their editorials. Based on their revised opinion statements, students develop two or three specific supporting arguments.
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Animated short on gathering your editorial evidence.
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Animation: Take Notes

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Animation on how to take your editorial notes.
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Student handout for the Writing Editorials Unit. Students use this handout to evaluate web resources.
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Student handout for the Writing Editorials Unit. Teachers will use this rubric to assess the students' completed editorials.
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Handout 2.2a: Evidence Plan

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Student handout for the Writing Editorials Unit. Students use this handout to write down keywords to help them find their evidence.
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Student handout for the Writing Editorials Unit. Students use this handout to record their research notes.
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Visuals for step 2 of Writing Editorials.
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