The Columnist Project

This The Columnist Project activity & project also includes:

Imagine a list that includes Alan Abelson of Baron's, Bob Woodward of the Washington Post, and Mother Jones. High schoolers select a national columnist, read and annotate five columns by this author, noting the rhetorical strategies, organization and arrangement used, and then craft a precis based on one article. The exercise concludes with individuals composing their own argumentative essay on issues the columnist has addressed.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Amend the list of columnists to include writers featured in a local paper
Pros

  • Two articles by Barry Smith, columnist for The Aspen Times, are included to provide an opportunity for guided practice
  • Included also is an extensive list of suggested columnists
Cons

  • None
Common Core