History Editorial Assignment
This assignment requires you to prepare an editorial article for
a fictitious magazine called High School History. The editorial
must be on a topic discussed in Unit Five: Global Issues. Topics
from that unit include: the spread of nuclear weapons, events in
the Persian Gulf, the population explosion, environment issues,
poverty, human rights issues, and the treatment of indigenous people
around the world.
You may select the type of editorial you will write. Brief descriptions
of the three main types of editorials are outlined below:
1. Editorials that Explain
An editorial that explains attempts to inform the reader about an
issue, as opposed to arguing a specific point of view. Opinions
of the author are expressed in the way that information or facts
are presented throughout the article. The evidence used to prove
a point, therefore, expresses the opinion.
2. Editorials that Evaluate
An editorial that evaluates focuses on an event or situation that
the author believes is wrong or needs to be improved. Criticism
must be presented in a constructive or positive way or you run the
risk of losing your audience. Offering an alternative solution to
the problem or situation would be required in an editorial of this
3. Editorials that Persuade
An editorial that persuades presents a specific solution to a problem.
This type of article demands that immediate action be taken to fix
the situation. An editorial of this nature would attempt to bring
changes in the policy of an organization or nation.
Based upon the resource hot sheets provided for Unit Five, prepare
a 500-word editorial on a topic of your choice. Clearly identify
the type of editorial you will be writing, and the topic you have
selected. Remember to stay inside of the boundaries of the editorial
you have selected.