1. Open these two google docs I shared with you called "Persuasive Essay Topics" and "Persuasive Essay Resources and Research Guide". Save the "Resource and Research Guide" as a copy and put your name in the title.
2. Using the resource links, research a couple of the topics you are interested in. If you are not sure on a topic yet, peruse the Upfront magazines, procon.org, The N.Y. Times Learning Network article archive, and the Article of the Week archive.
3. As you read websites and articles be sure to copy or paraphrase in your research guide any important facts or quotes you come across. Write the website/magazine/newspaper name, headline, author, and date if available. Be sure to put the evidence into either the "pro" or "con" section. Also identify the experts in the articles, so you can refer to them later in your essay.
4. You will definitely need at least 3 credible sources for your essay, so keep researching until you find quality articles. Once you have your topic picked and have filled out the research guide. Add your name and position statement to the class topic list. (see my listing as an example)