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Brainstorming Ideas and Determining Your Position for a Persuasive Essay
Meat eater or vegetarian? Here’s a series of activities that prepare writers for crafting a persuasive essay. Using the included worksheets, the class works together to craft arguments for and against eating meat. They discuss issues (economics, personal freedoms, safety, personal beliefs, environmental impact) and brainstorm support that could be used for either position. The packet includes a detailed plan, flow charts, and graphic organizers that can be used with any topic, and a link to a site that lists issues and resources appropriate for this type of exercise.
Brainstorming to Write a Persuasive Essay on Demand
Equip your high school writers for the rigors of timed persuasive writing by employing the preparatory ideas available in this exercise. Learners use persuasive essays, provided by the educator, to acquire how to identify persuasive writing, and determine what side they would support in a given argument. They dissect the essays, and place their findings on the provided worksheet. Their responses include when and where each side used logos, pathos, and ethos, and how it contributed to persuasion; essential skills for today's writing curriculum.
Tell It to the Judge - Persuasive Essay
Students compare and contrast a classic fairy tale with a fractured one and complete a graphic organizer. Then they write a persuasive essay following the steps of the writing process. Finally, students publish their completed essay and illustrate them using art supplies.
New! Conclude a Persuasive Essay
If only writing a conclusion were as simple as saying The End. Model how to conclude a persuasive essay by summarizing main ideas and making a plea for action with the fifth instructional activity in this writing series. Consider pausing the video and asking students to create their own conclusions for the sample essay, sharing their ideas and comparing them to the writing in the video. Allow young writers to work in pairs, supporting each other as they improve their writing.
Tell It to the Judge - Persuasive Essay
Learners write a persuasive essay that compares and contrasts a classic fairy tales with a fractured one. They use the writing process to complete and publish the essay.
Writing a Persuasive Essay
A clear and straightforward informational presentation on persuasive writing, this resource would be a strong start to a persuasive writing unit. Class members take notes on format and content, including the three appeals. Note: Provide relevant examples to help the information stick.
Follow this outline to write persuasive essays with your 11th grade college prep classes. Using the internet, they research a topic, citing their sources correctly. They work with a partner to peer edit their rough drafts, checking for grammar and voice.
Don't Let the Earth Down
Although recycling is definitely beneficial, reducing our waste and conserving our natural resources should really be the focus of environmentalists. Encourage the future generation to create a public service announcement about a conservation issue that they feel strongly about. They write a persuasive essay and transform this argument into a video announcement. Take action!
Taking a Stand on Sled Dogs
Are sled dogs experiencing cruelty by their owners? Discover the arguments against animal cruelty around the globe with this persuasive writing activity. Middle schoolers investigate the treatment of sled dogs by using Internet research. Then they synthesize this found information into a persuasive essay. How should these dogs be treated?
Depression or Oppression: "The Yellow Wallpaper" by C.P. Gilman
Eleventh graders read the short story, "The Yellow Wallpaper" before researching women's issues that were prevalent during the twentieth century. They look for connections between women's issues and mental health issues, and discuss these topics. Finally, they write a persuasive essay about society's attitudes as they contribute to mental illness.
Taking a Stand on Public Policy
Relate policy decisions to classroom activities. In order to prepare for a writing activity in which they will need to choose a side, learners are first given a sample policy for which they must choose yes or no and walk to the side of the room with that label. They then write a persuasive essay about television and children. The essay is timed to mimic a testing environment. All materials are included.
Persuasive Essay: Should Cities Have Natural or Green Spaces within ½ Mile of Every Resident?
Introduce public policy and persuasive writing with a well-designed activity for junior high learners. The writers develop a stance on whether cities should have natural or green places within a half a mile of all residents. Included are worksheets that aid in class debate, and help focus the students' stance on the issue. The instructional activity also reinforces the core ideas of freedom and American constitutional democracy, and includes a timed writing prompt concerning the effect of home sale prices that are next to parks. All material is easily modified to suit the needs of the instructor, although the design of this project would enlighten the students on the workings of their town and neighborhood where they live.
Writing a Persuasive Essay
Class members examine two persuasive essays on the same topic but with opposing arguments. After identifying the introduction, thesis, support, rebuttal, and conclusion of these models, individuals select a controversial topic and craft a persuasive essay presenting their stance on this topic.
Acts of Defiance?
Learners contemplate, discuss and share responses to critical and analytical questions regarding impending war in Iraq. They write persuasive essays arguing the pros and cons of the United States waging war unilaterally.
States and Mates
Discuss and reflect on the concept of allies and alliances. The class examines the competition between the United States and Venezuela. Using the New York Times, they search for examples of geopolitical alliances. In addition, they write a persuasive essay in support of either the United States or Venezuela.
The 'Capital' of the World
Students are introduced to the purpose of the World Bank and its president Paul Wolfowitz. After reading an article, they work together to complete a writing exercise in which they use primary source documents to state their viewpoint. They also write a persuasive essay supporting or refuting calls for him to step down.
Telling Our Stories of Giving - Writing to Persuade
After identifying the parts of a persuasive piece of writing, young writers explore different prewriting activities for the persuasive essay. They have the option to write a news article, personal narrative, or persuasive essay to describe a personal service experience. Middle schoolers appreciate getting to choose their own assignment!
Publishing: A Persuasive Essay
Third graders are given an opportunity to create a visual to accompany their presentations of their persuasive essays. They may use the computer or other media as resources.
Persuasive Essay: Graphic Organizer
Prewriting is an important step in the writing process! After kids brainstorm different topics for a persuasive essay, provide them with this graphic organizer to help them collect their thoughts. They briefly summarize their topic, their personal stance, and any supporting reasons they have. Encourage them to strengthen their argument by considering the opposite point of view.
Inspiration Lesson Plan: Persuasive Essay
Get inspired! Your class explores how to use Inspiration Software to plan a persuasive essay.They use the computer program to create a concept map on a specific topic. This tool will help them learn how to include facts and well-stated opinions in their map and, consequently, their essays.