What is the root of the conflict between ranchers and environmentalists? Middle schoolers write their impressions of what an environmentalist is and does. They read the New York Times article "In New Wild West, It's Cowboys vs. Radical Environmentalists" and answer related questions. This lesson would be a good way to practice persuasive writing techniques and acknowledge opposing claims.
W.8.1 - Persuasive Writing: 8th Grade ELA Common CoreTrying to address grade eight's English language arts Common Core writing standard W.8.1—argumentative writing? Browse this collection for lesson plans that will have students writing persuasive essays on a variety of topics, as well as videos and examples that show how they can make their writing more effective.8th English Language Arts