In order to understand the requirements of the op-ed, you are going to read several text models using a process where you determine the similarities (essentials) and differences (possibles) in a set of op-ed examples. You will begin by individually reading at least three (3) editorials from the following list. You will examine each op-ed closely to notice the “essentials” and the possibles. Below are some questions to help you identify the essentials and possibilities.
What do you notice? How does each piece begin? What’s the claim? What’s the evidence? Is it logical, reasoned, and relevant? Does it use research? How is the counterclaim introduced? Is it fairly treated? Ignored? How does the writer use rebuttal? How does the piece conclude? Does it follow from and support the claim? Is it interesting? Compare it to the introduction? Are they connected yet different in both style and purpose?
Read 3 (three) op-ed pieces from the list below and determine the essentials and possibilities. Make a master list for yourself and post it to your blog so you can compare your list with your peers’ lists.