Liz Harrington's Upstander, Not Bystander lesson planning template in Unit 2 provides the writing prompt she adapted for her 7th grade students. During their study of genre examples — editorials from the Los Angeles Times — Liz and the students discovered that while the purpose of an editorial is to make a claim about a problem or issue, the bulk of the text tends to be more informational than argument. Note in the Process section on the first page of Learning from Student Work in Middle School how many times Liz reminds the students to explain rather than argue.