Analyzing an Editorial Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

This lesson plan will help teachers show students what a well-crafted editorial contains. Students will compare, contrast and critique two editorials.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define editorial
  • Identify and explain elements of a good editorial
  • Analyze an editorial


60 minutes; extension 30 minutes (optional)

Curriculum Standards


Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information so that each new element builds on that which precedes it to create a unified whole; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.


Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience's knowledge of the topic.


Use appropriate and varied transitions and syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex ideas and concepts.



  • Distribute a copy of an inarticulate editorial to each student, and ask students to read the article silently.
  • When everyone is finished reading, ask students to discuss the quality of the article.
  • Now explain that this lesson explores the elements of a good editorial.
  • Start the video, pause at 1:10, then pose these discussion points:
    • How did the video describe an editorial?
    • What elements does a solid editorial contain?
  • Restart the video, pause at 4:47, and ask students to identify successful characteristics of this editorial.
  • Next restart the video, pause at 7:06, then allow students to discuss additional characteristics of this analysis.
  • Then ask them to compare and contrast the editorial they read at the beginning of the lesson to the one discussed in the video.
  • Finish the video's 'Lesson Summary,' and distribute the lesson quiz. Have students complete independently.
  • Review for accuracy.

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