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Writing Opening and Closing Arguments

When it comes to writing with style a lot of students defer to clichéd topics. 
They might write about a first love and use sweeping language.  They might write about a time when they felt defeated (like from being cut from a sports team) and have a piece rife with hyperbole.  Or they might describe their favorite holiday and use a sentimental (aka sappy and underdeveloped) tone.  However, I don’t blame the students.  Many times the reason for maudlin writing is because of the prompts we provide them.  In their defense, it is challenging to write about a favorite memory without sounding contrived or unsophisticated.  Give them a more meaningful reason for writing and it will become more purposeful.  Having students write opening and closing arguments for existing court cases is a great way to get students more engaged in their writing because they are writing to save someone’s life. Read more