Author's Logical Order
Will you be writing persuasive or argumentative speeches with your class? Introduce them to the order of importance in writing. There are two examples provided here, but consider creating more for the guided practice section.
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Perspective and Point of View: Day 2 Task 2
Sixth graders will listen to Dr. Martin Luther King's speech, I Have A Dream in order to discuss rhetoric, word choice, and how the author conveyed his ideas and perspective. They discuss key points and how literary devices were used to...
6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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....
4th - 7th English Language Arts
Annotation and Analysis of Author's Purpose
Model for readers how to identify an author’s purpose in a nonfiction text. Using a document camera, conduct a close reading and annotate a passage from N. Scott Momaday’s, “Riding is an Exercise of the Mind.” Groups then read and...
6th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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...
7th - 8th 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,...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Writing Assignment
Ask learners to focus on one scene in Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in order to write an analytical essay about Twain's ideas surrounding childhood. The final assignment in a unit, this writing prompt requires learners to use...
7th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
A Christmas Carol Chronology
Which comes first? The Ghost of Christmas Past, Present, or Future? What clues can readers use to establish the chronology of A Christmas Carol? The tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, Marley, and Tiny Tim provides the text for an activity that...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed