Hoot: Persuasive Writing Assignment

This Hoot: Persuasive Writing Assignment activity & project also includes:

Can your class convince the townspeople to support the rally in Carl Hiaasen's Hoot? Have your young writers exercise their persuasive writing skills in a lesson that prompts them to write a letter or a speech based on Chapter 18 from the novel.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have kids craft a debate over the two persuasive prompts in the writing lesson
  • Encourage kids to write their letters or speeches from the perspective of a specific character
  • Extend the activity with a letter to the school board to petition for a change that kids would like to see in their school
Classroom Considerations

  • Instructions are poorly written and hard to understand, but concept in the lesson is good
Pros

  • Good way to combine social studies and language arts in one lesson
  • Provides a rubric on which to base your assessment
Cons

  • None
Common Core