Time needed: 60 minutes
Writing paper and pen or a computer with word-processing software
By 1916, suffragists had grown tired of waiting to gain voting rights, so they began to protest and picket in front of the White House. They wrote letters and made speeches arguing for the right to vote.
Read some opinion pieces, also called “op-eds” because in a paper newspaper, they appear opposite the page where the newspaper writes its own editorials. Online newspapers list these guest editorials under “Opinions.”
Op-ed pieces are written to highlight concerns and thoughts about current events that typically don’t appear in a newspaper article written by a journalist. Sometimes they are humorous, sometimes not.
Consider things that are happening in your town, school, or community. What do you think about the issue? What can you say that will persuade others that your view needs to be listened to?
Write your op-ed. A good length is 750 words (but don’t worry if it’s a little shorter or a little longer).
Girl Scout Activity Zone activities have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming.