Project Assignment: The Commentary (or Opinion Piece)
YOUR MISSION, which you must accept, is to write an opinion piece for a newspaper. You should review the samples provided (Xeroxed) as well as those in the newspaper. There are four main purposes for an opinion piece: to explain or interpret, criticize, persuade people to action, or to praise.
Note how the Editorial or Op-Ed is structured:
Paragraph ONE : State the problem and provide a simple solution.
Paragraph TWO: Provide history or explanation of problem/situation.
Paragraph THREE: Provide a specific example to explain/illustrate the problem. just like the editorial!
Paragraph FOUR: Provide a specific example to explain/illustrate the problem. just like the editorial!
Paragraph FIVE: Restate the solution in specific actions that your readers can take.
Our ultimate goal will be to get as many articles from the class published in the New Voices section of Newsday, The Schreiber Times, or the "My Turn" section of Newsweek.
Your commentary should