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Fourth and fifth graders try their hand at persuasive writing. They listen to well-written persuasive articles so they can get a sense of what good persuasive writing is. Then, they brainstorm topics they'd like to write about and are given an excellent persuasive writing organizer worksheet which is embedded in the plan. This organizer is top-notch, and will help your charges organize their thoughts and come up with a plan to write a terrific persuasive essay. The lesson should be a hit with your kids because they get to write about something that's very important to them.
Developing an awareness of and a respect for opposing views is a challenge all persuasive writers face. Model for your writers how to respectfully acknowledge opposing viewpoints and how to express an alternate view. Several exercises provide sentence starters and examples of how to acknowledge and respond to other viewpoints in persuasive writing.
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. Toward the end of the class, they take a quiz that covers the topic.
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. Differentiated instruction support, extensions, and rubrics are included in this very detailed, scripted, interdisciplinary plan.
Fifth graders examine lyrics in songs as examples of persuasive writing. In this music and language arts instructional activity, 5th graders listen to two pieces of popular music while reading the lyrics. Afterward, they complete a lyric analysis sheet working together in groups.
Students watch a video on persuasive writing and then write a persuasive paper. In this persuasive writing lesson plan, students use skills taught in the video when writing their papers on different subjects.
Students produce a persuasive writing in the form of an essay, a speech, a newspaper editorial, or a product evaluation.
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. 
By reading and analyzing examples of persuasive text, students can get a better idea of how to form their own essays.
Create a writing project that focuses on the Common Core ELA Standard for writing an argumentative essay.
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. The lesson utilizes technology with Google docs. Groups then write the persuasive essay collaboratively.
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.
Explore persuasive writing during the Christmas season! Young writers generate a class list of reasons why their family members should give them certain Christmas gifts. They write a related five-paragraph persuasive piece following explicit guided writing instruction. Will their power of persuasion win over their potential gift giver? 
Get your junior high writers stimulated with the strategies and ideas available in this activity. Learners discuss and debate controversial subjects, and outline their reasons with an online graphic organizer (link included) that creates a persuasion map of their opinions. The essay prompt is easily modified, and strategies for differentiation are available. 
Grab a debatable (or controversial) moment from your current reading, and use this task to progress the persuasive writing skills of your high school scholars. Divide your learners into four small groups and let them collaborate, debate, and produce the support they need for their writing. The resource provides solid ideas on how to present and organize the persuasive writing essay and includes a worksheet for the group effort.    
Eighth graders study persuasive writing. They analzye an editorial for introductory,body, and concluding sentences. They develop arguments for and against various topics in small groups.
Rhetorical appeals (pathos, logos, and ethos) are the focus of a series of exercises that asks class members to brainstorm topics for persuasive speeches, groups to craft a persuasive speech about one of the topics, and individuals to critique the speeches. The critique form and a worksheet are included with the detailed plan.
A nice starting exercise that organizes a learner’s persuasive writing assignment by issue, claim, and hard and soft evidence. Definitions of the terms aforementioned are provided, as well as the worksheet needed by the class. The writing prompt is cliché for today’s learners, but is easily modified. 
Although entitled persuasive writing, this PowerPoint presentation goes into much more depth explaining how to write an expository paragraph. Comparing a good paragraph first to a tree and then a hamburger before creating their own model, young writers will review the simplest form of a five-sentence expository paragraph focusing on topic and detail sentences. Several example paragraphs are included as well as writing prompts, extra resources, and review questions. 
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. Then, give your class a persuasive writing assignment. Enrichment activities are also included. 

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