Persuasive Writing Teacher Resources
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Success Criteria for Persuasive Writing
Hit the main points of the Common Core persuasive writing standards by requiring your writers to meet all of the criteria listed on this page. Post it up on the wall or hand it out to your class; either way, class members can use the points listed here for reference and then write and revise their work.
4th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Persuasion as Text: Organizational, Grammatical, and Lexical Moves in Barbara Jordan’s All Together Now
A thorough lesson on persuasive writing takes middle schoolers through several activities, including group discussion, collaborative posters, and independent writing. They compare historical speeches and analyze the persuasive techniques in each.
7th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Most young readers are aware that authors write to entertain or inform the audience, but it's also important for them to understand the art of persuasive writing. In the third lesson of this series, the teacher reads two letters to the class, highlighting the facts and opinions, expert testimony, and author's feelings that indicate the intent to persuade.
1st - 3rd English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Analysis Frame: Persuasion
Examine a persuasive piece with a series of categorized analysis questions. You can start out with the basic questions provided at the top of the page, and move on to the more complex questions listed below. The questions cover content, organization, author's purpose, reasoning and logic, persuasive technique and more.
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Persuasive Practice: A Mt. Rushmore Addition
Explore persuasive writing skills. Budding authors will research a US President and persuade the National Park Service to add him to Mt. Rushmore. In addition to the persuasive essay, individuals are required to develop a visual presentation using a web-based software that they then present to their class.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Persuasive Writing II
Help your young writers use logic in their persuasive writing. Discuss the characteristics of a persuasive paper, and have pupils work together to explore and solve a syllogism. They will write a short persuasive paper which includes a problem, subject, and a proposed solution.
5th - 9th English Language Arts
What's My Point: Persuasive Writing
Why do readers need to know an author’s purpose? How do you figure out what that purpose is? Guide your pupils through a series of activities that show them how to identify various techniques and structures used in persuasive writing. They then draft their own persuasive piece.
4th - 7th English Language Arts
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.
5th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Should We Give Homework?
Use Jack Prelutsky's poem "Homework" to spark a debate about homework. Should kids be assigned homework? If so, how often? There are some schools that do not send their kids home with work. What are the possible benefits? After brainstorm ideas for both sides of this topic, middle schoolers write a persuasive essay on the topic, adopting one of the viewpoints.
5th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Learning how to write a persuasive letter is a challenging, but fun writing style to learn. You can use this PowerPoint to introduce your class to persuasive writing. It provides a checklist, language features, and an example to read. After reading the example, ask your class which elements of persuasive writing were used.
4th - 6th English Language Arts
Prior to assigning your class their own persuasive writing task, present this PowerPoint and complete the task as a whole class. It outlines characteristics of persuasive writing, as well as includes a great learning activity. Your class must read the provided text and find elements of persuasive writing.
3rd - 6th English Language Arts
Distinguishing the Author’s Purpose
A big step in the development of children's reading comprehension skills is the ability to differentiate between the topic of a piece of writing and its purpose. The third lesson in this series presents learners with collections of short passages on a single subject, teaching them to make this distinction through a series of whole group and independent practice activities.
2nd - 4th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Persuasive Writing-"Those Whales"
Use an article about an Orca killing a trainer to help writers complete a persuasive essay. The article, other templates, and models are attached. Scholars divide up into groups of three where each person takes a different role, including biologist, zoologist, and investigator.
7th - 10th English Language Arts
Blogging To Create A Community of Writers: #8
A well-designed, up-to-date activity on blogging awaits your 6th graders. They create a persuasive podcast. Next, they listen to effective and ineffective podcasts, and discuss "what works" in a podcast. They also watch a commercial from the most recent Super Bowl, and discuss the reasons why the commercial is persuasive.
6th English Language Arts
Support an Argument
It's time to plan! Brainstorm a persuasive writing assignment with this graphic organizer. Middle schoolers use the organizer to choose a topic, create a stance, and note the argument. They also identify the argument for the opposing side. The activity includes spaces for a topic, argument, and supporting details for both sides of an argument.
6th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Inspiration: Persuasive Writing
Although designed to guide your class through Inspiration Software, this persuasive writing activity has ideas and visuals that are useful independently. Approach persuasive speech and essay writing as a step-by-step process; interactive diagrams and flowcharts give learners the organization skills they need to present an argument.
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Doctor DeSoto's Foxy Persuasion
Who is Doctor DeSoto? Start by playing a video clip (included). Discuss different methods of persuasion, and then analyze two different persuasive letter examples. What should your class be looking for? Send them off to work in groups only after you've discussed what they should be looking for.
2nd - 4th English Language Arts
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.
9th - 12th English Language Arts
The Last Word: Using Critical Thinking and Analysis to Reach a Decision
Want to explore the process of writing a persuasive essay and tie it in with the upcoming elections? Class members use Venn diagrams and the hamburger model of persuasive writing to write a five-paragraph essay on elections and candidates. After they describe the candidate they believe should be elected, they participate in an election, and tally the results.
5th - 9th English Language Arts