Synthesis Writing Unit: Should We Ban Plastic Straws? Digital Distance Learning


Go digital for remote learning and keep the rigor! This synthesis writing unit works on the Google Slides and Google Docs platforms and it will keep your students engaged!

Synthesis Writing: In this argument essay synthesis writing mini-unit, students will closely and critically read multiple sources on a single topic and then formulate an argument based on the readings.

This is an engaging argument essay that your students will want to write! Includes: writing prompt, prewriting, graphic organizers, outline, peer edit, rubric, and sources!

Should We Ban Single-Use Plastic Straws?

This synthesis writing activity is common core-aligned. The argument essay includes everything you need from initial research on the topic to the grading rubric. This assignment is ideal for students in grades 9-12.

This file contains a PFD file that includes these items:

  • teacher instructions for online learning
  • a Google Doc link that contains links to articles and an editable assignment page
  • unit outline and suggestion page (PDF only)
  • synthesis writing student infographic
  • argument essay
  • prewriting organizer
  • reading and research notes organizer
  • evidence organizer
  • visual, essay-blocking organizer
  • thesis statement organizer
  • counter argument graphic organizer
  • two different essay outlines (PDF only)
  • peer editing form (PDF only)
  • 100 point argument essay rubric (PDF only)
  • fill-in-the-blank essay rubric (PDF only)

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