September 20

Unit 7: Opinion journalism

Objectives:
Students will:
1. Reflect on the differences between fact and opinion and their roles in editorial writing.

2. Consider various topics for op-ed pieces and the reasons behind writing them.  ‘Op-Eds,’ or ‘Opposing Editorials’ (the name refers to their placement across from the editorials) are articles that reflect the views of columnists. Both editorials and Op-Ed pieces tend to reflect current, and often controversial, issues.

-On what topics do you consider yourself an expert? Examples may include television shows, music, dog breeds, fashion, skateboarding, etc.

3.  Explore in groups how polls are created by choosing poll topics, developing sample questions and selecting appropriate sampling methods. Synthesize their learning by creating poll methodology statements, conducting polls and evaluating the results.

4.  What does it take to be a good Web citizen? How can a blog reader add to the dialogue in a positive and constructive way? Students explore the do’s and don’ts of good Web etiquette and practice posting comments on blogs.