Make a Difference

Lesson Overview

Students will use problem-solving skills and create a plan of action for making a difference in their school.

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Tips for using this assignment with your students:

  • Before Writing –  Provide time for students to discuss the prompt. You might help guide them towards deeper thinking as they discuss problems at their school by asking them to consider who is affected and who will be impacted by the solutions students have chosen.
  • During Writing - As they write, remind students to refer back to their graphic organizers to make sure they are following their writing plan. 
  • After Writing - Another way for students to share their voice is to make a poster that goes along with their writing. Have them share it with their writing to educate others about making a difference in their school!

Writing Instruction Routines

For more tips to guide students before, during, and after writing, take a look at the Writing Instruction Routines page.

Common Core Anchor Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.