Mental Retardation and the Death Penalty

Here's a powerful prompt for a persuasive essay. Should mentally retarded people be exempt from the death penalty? The packet includes background information, opinions of experts in the field, and the writing prompt.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the prompt as part of a larger examination of the death penalty
  • Conclude a study of persuasive writing by providing class members with this prompt
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson assumes writers know how to structure a persuasive essay, formulate a claim, and use evidence to support their arguments
Pros

  • Opinion statements are provided and writers can also included information gathered from other sources
Cons

  • No rubric is provided
Common Core