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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. What a great resource!
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.
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. Links and lesson components are included.
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.
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?
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.
Provide third and fourth graders with a persuasive writing example and this checklist. Have learners read through the persuasive writing example to find the characteristics included in the checklist. Is the passage a good example? They'll have to determine if it contains the list of things needed for solid persuasive writing!
Examine the characteristics of an effective persuasive paper. In a group, eighth graders discuss the analogy of a debate being like a persuasive paper. After brainstorming topics, they write an argument and then debate it. Secretly, the class votes to determine the winner of the debate. Use this lesson plan to emphasize the importance of a thesis statement that clearly states the author's claim.