Drafting Board retires from the iCivics product suite on August 8, 2021.
Drafting Board, originally launched almost a decade ago when iCivics was first founded in 2009, has engaged over 155,000 students in the practice of argumentative writing. The tool and its data have sunsetted and are no longer available on our site. After August 8, 2021, teachers and students will no longer be able to assign or access Drafting Board content. If you have questions or require access to past assignments, please contact our Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our team will continue to develop writing-focused resources for our library. In the meantime, we offer these tools in Drafting Board’s place:
DBQuest: Introduce students to major questions in civics and history. A “Big Question” acts as a guiding light for deep examination of three selected primary resources. Each document challenges students to dig into the text itself and find the relevant information through document-based supporting questions.
This tool builds the foundation for students to understand an issue through primary sources, then sets them up to produce a full or partial writing assignment.
Persuasive Writing Unit: In this language arts unit, students learn how to “argue on paper” using a fictional case about a school’s dress code rule against band t-shirts. The eight lessons take your class through the process of writing two persuasive essays: one supporting the rule and one opposing it.
Use traditional PDFs or our new Powered by Kami online tool to have your students complete the lessons virtually.