4th Grade Persuasive Writing

4th - 6th

It's an age-old question: when should the school day start? Fourth graders will write a one-page persuasive paper addressing the topic. They use a writing web to organize their thoughts in a logical sequence before writing a cohesive paper. 

Resource Details

Instructional Designs
1 hr
Brooke Naylor
Proficiency Levels
Early Advanced
Early Intermediate

Pathwise Instruction Plan-Sequencing Events

First graders write an expository paragraph. For this paragraph writing literacy lesson, 1st graders activate prior knowledge about the components of a paragraph, then listen to the story Pumpkin, Pumpkin, by Jean Titherington. Students sequence three sentences from the story using the SMARTBoard. Students write a three sentence paragraph summarizing the book.

Focus: Writing a Brief Research Paper

If you are planning on working on a research paper in your class, take a look at this resource first. Starting off with information about plagiarism, the series of activities briefly described here should give your pupils a general idea of how to write a research paper. While the bulk of the resource is an overview of activities and does not include much detail, there are quite a few useful links to help enrich the lesson.

Identifying Logical Fallacies

Students discuss and identify "logical fallacies and basic vocabulary to define the common falacies. They work in groups and write one refutation paper in which they counter argue one professional writer's claims.

Writing Process

Use this presentation to aid young writers as they move through any writing assignment. The slides, which detail each step of the writing process, could easily be used over a series of class periods. Most slides ask leading questions and should be used while learners are writing or preparing to write.

Descriptive Writing-The Hobbit

Young readers write a descriptive paper on the fantasy characters in The Hobbit. They take notes as they read the novel in order to provide descriptions of the character traits of hobbits, dwarfs, trolls, wizards, and goblins. They pay specific attention to the habitats (setting) each character dwells in.

Writing a Research Paper

Students work through the steps of writing a research paper in this lesson. They define their problem and decide what sources of information to use. They read, take notes, and organize the collected data. Finally, they write the information in a research paper form.

Research Papers 1-2-3: Diagram, Outline, Publish

Research paper writing challenges learners' ability to research,  plan, organize, write, and revise. Detailed, step-by-step directions, color-coded models, and a series of templates guide class members through the entire process.

Inspiration: Research Papers 1-2-3: Diagram>Outline>Publish

Bring research papers into the 21st century using this guide to Inspiration Software. If you don't have the program, take a look at the visuals and step-by-step process, which are helpful for any classroom. Using a pre-made template, learners simply research and fill in various sections to organize their findings for the perfectly structured paper. They keep track of multiple sources, write a thesis statement, take notes, include visuals and hyperlinks, and integrate ideas to form a cohesive final product. 

Writing To Determine, "What is a Pulgar?"

Students write a descriptive paper. They observe and describe a Mr. Potato Head, write their responses on a Think Sheet, and use their notes to write a descriptive paragraph describing one of the attributes of the Mr. Potato Head.

Writing with Technology

Third graders use voice recognition software for writing.  In this writing lesson, 3rd graders complete a graphic organizer to put their ideas together.  Students dictate their stories and they are written on the computer. Students edit their work.

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