5 persuasive writing prompts about war

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Is war ever justified?  Has there ever been a been a successful war?  Does war save or spend innocent lives?

War is certainly one of the most complex issues humanity has ever faced, but in saying that we have been pursuing it since we could raise a fist in anger. 

We see images from all around the world every night which highlight man's injustice towards each other. 

Your students will enjoy these five persuasive writing prompts about war in forming an educated opinion about an issue in which so many have laid down their lives for.

 Prompt 1) In several counties, citizens are expected to serve in the national military. Even in America we have only recently abandoned the draft and the ordinance of mandatory military service. Do you believe we should institute similar mandatory military service requirements for our citizenry? Why or why not?

Prompt 2) Do you believe the US should launch a preliminary strike against Iran? Why or why not?

Prompt 3) Many great philosophers have likened war to being a cowardly way to face a problem. Do you agree with these philosophers? Why or why not?

Prompt 4) One of your friends has been approached by a recruiter for the Army, and has asked you for your advice on whether or not they should join. Do you tell him to enlist? Be sure to give them reasons on why you feel they should/should not enlist.

Prompt 5) As American's capitalist system becomes more dependent on global markets for stability, many have stipulated that less wars will be fought. Do you agree or disagree with this assumption? Why or why not? 

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5 persuasive writing prompts about drugs

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Drugs have always been a meaty topic for high school and college students as they are at an age when they are becoming aware of the social and health issues associated with drug use but also surrounded by the confusing messages from music, films and social media that drugs are "cool."

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These persuasive writing prompts will certainly require your students to do some research to form an educated opinion about issues surrounding drug use.

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Prompt 1) In order to crack down on drug use and distribution in schools, many high schools have begun to conduct targeted searches of student lockers, backpacks and other "personal" properties. Keeping in mind that the Supreme Court has ruled these types of searches as constitutional, do you feel that this is still a violation of student rights? Or, do you think that since the school is ultimately responsible for the well-being of it’s students, they should have the right to conduct these searches in the effort of keeping the student body safe?

Prompt 2) With more professional and college athletes being drug-tested, do you feel that High School athletes should be subjected to regularly drug tests?

Prompt 3) Should marijuana be legalized? Site your position and specific examples that support this decision. Simply "because I like it," is not an example.

Prompt 4) Medical Marijuana has been legalized in California for some time now. Do you feel that it is okay for the State to decide that marijuana should be regulated and distributed any other prescription drug, or do you feel that this should be a decision made on the Federal level, and California should step inline with the rest of the country?

Prompt 5) Do you think law enforcement agencies and government officials spend too much time and energy focusing on marijuana instead of other drugs (heroin, cocaine,  meth, etc…)

 

Because of Winn Dixie Study Guide

Synopsis of the Novel:

A 10-year-old girl, abandoned by her mother when she was three, moves to a small town in Florida with her father, a preacher. While there, she adopts a stray dog whom she names after the local supermarket where he was found. With her goofy pooch by her side, she meets an eclectic group of townspeople and rekindles an almost lost relationship with her father.

We have a study guide for students reading the novel.  It is an excellent resource for students to enrich their understanding of the novel as they read through it.

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Fact and Opinion Worksheets for Students

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A fact is something that is true or can be proven. An opinion is your feelings or how someone else feels about a particular topic. 

These worksheets will greatly assist students in understanding the difference between fact and opinion.

Download worksheet 1 here.

Download worksheet 2 here.

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Be aware it will be automatically resized to your default paper size when using Adobe Acrobat Reader without any loss of quality. If you would like to print these documents at larger sizes you can read the Adobe Resize & Scaling FAQ here.

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Literacy Task: Making Predictions

This activity gets students to make logical predictions about what might happen next in a passage of text based on information pulled from the text and what we already know.

Download the activity here.

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*Please note all of our documents are originally designed using high resolution images and fonts at A3 paper size.

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We recommend laminating them for best results.

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Teach Students how to summarize in their own words

This 30 slide presentation is a great resource for teaching students the skills required to summarize ideas in their own words.

It goes through a number of logical processes and highlights important skills in summarizing text.

Click here to download the PowerPoint.

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*Please note all of our documents are originally designed using high resolution images and fonts at A3 paper size.

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What Doesn't Belong? Comprehension Worksheets

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These worksheets encourage students to compare and contrast  items and events then explain which one is the odd one out, and justify why.

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Download Worksheet 2 here.

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*Please note all of our documents are originally designed using high resolution images and fonts at A3 paper size.

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Persuasive Writing Prompt Activity

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Another task submitted by Dan Ackland  focussed around using prompts to create a persuasive text.

Choose one of the prompts.  Follow the guidelines of the rubric, and use the persuasion map to help in the writing process

Download the task sheet here.