Writing Your Position Paper's Body
- Grades: 6–8, 9–12
- Unit Plan:
Students discuss and assess the body of a model paper, and write the first body paragraph of their own papers.
- Learn how to organize the body of a position paper, referring to their notes from previous planning stages
- Copies of the Model Position Paper Draft, one per student
- Optional: Computer and projector
- Optional: Writing the Body of a Position Paper Presentation
Set Up and Prepare
- Optional: Connect the projector to the computer and load the Writing the Body of a Position Paper Presentation prior to class.
Step 1: Teach students the components of an effective position paper body. (Optional: Begin the Writing the Body of a Position Paper Presentation.) A Position Paper Body should:
- Provide clear reasons for your position.
- Elaborate using supporting details such as facts and personal experiences.
- Be organized in a logical order.
Step 2: Instruct students to take out the model position paper. Read the three body paragraphs aloud. Have students assess whether or not the model body contains all of the required components.
Step 3: Have students write the first body paragraph for their position papers. As they write, be sure that students refer to their graphic organizers completed during the planning stage as well as their class notes on writing an effective body.
Supporting All Learners
As students are working on their first body paragraphs, you may need to place your struggling students and ELLs in a small group and use the model to review the key features of a body paragraph.
Have students work in partnerships in order to assess each other's first body paragraphs.
Have students read their body to a friend or family member in order to assess whether or not it is clear and relevant.
Have students complete the remaining two body paragraphs of their position paper. Instruct students to refer to the model paper, their graphic organizers, and their class notes as they write.
Review student body paragraphs and determine whether or not they have selected valid reasons for their position and that they have elaborated enough to explain their points. Refer to the Position Paper Rubric for specific requirements.