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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- 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
- The lesson assumes writers know how to structure a persuasive essay, formulate a claim, and use evidence to support their arguments
- Opinion statements are provided and writers can also included information gathered from other sources
- No rubric is provided