Revision Why teach persuasive writing? Persuasive writing helps students formulate specific reasons for their opinions, and provides an opportunity to research facts related to their opinions. How to teach persuasive writing Have students listen to or read examples of persuasive writing.
Many Scholastic news articles are perfect to use because they are short, and for the most part have a structure that is similar to how I want my students to write. The articles often include: Mint should stop making pennies.
Once students read the article about pennies, they were ready to form an opinion. After discussing the pros and cons with partners, the class took sides.
With students divided into two groups, they took part in a spirited Visible Thinking debate called Tug of War. After hearing many of their classmates voice their reasoning for keeping or retiring the penny, the students were ready to get started putting their thoughts on paper.
Using the name of a popular cookie is a mnemonic device that helps my students remember the structural order their paragraphs need to take: Opinion, Reason, Example, Opinion.
Because this was our first foray into example writing, we worked through the organizer together. My students did pretty well with the initial organizer and we used it again to plan out opinion pieces on whether sledding should be banned in city parks.
Once students had planned out two different opinions, they selected one to turn into a full paragraph in their writer's notebooks.
The organizers made putting their thoughts into a clear paragraph with supporting reasons and examples very easy for most students.
With each practice we did, my students got stronger and I introduced different organizers to help them and to keep interest high. Giving each student one sandwich cookie to munch on while they worked on these organizers helped keep them excited about the whole process.
After we worked our way through several of the Scholastic News opinion pieces, my third graders also thought of issues pertinent to their own lives and school experiences they wanted to write about, including: Should birthday treats and bagel sales be banned at school?
Should all peanut products be banned? Should we be allowed to download our own apps on the iPads the school gave us? As we continued to practice, different organizers were introduced.
Those are shown below. Simply click on each image to download and print your own copy. The organizer below is my favorite to use once the students are more familiar with the structure of opinion paragraphs.
It establishes the structure, but also helps students remember to use opinion-based sentence starters along with transition words. Below is a simple organizer some of my students can also choose to use.Writing Persuasive Letters.
Introduce students to the concept of lobbying for issues they feel strongly about with a classroom "argument" activity and letter writing models.
Persuasive writing worksheets and persuasive writing lessons. Lesson plans for persuasive writing. Persuasive writing is an important skill for grades 3 and up. Writing a Persuasive Essay. Persuasive essays are basically written in the hopes that you will be able to persuade the reader of your insight on a certain subject.
Printable banners for your classroom Persuasive Writing display. Preview & Download. Advertisements.
Persuasive Writing Templates (SB) Simple templates for planning and writing persuasive texts. Preview & Download. Persuasive Writing Checklist Posters (SB) A set of posters with reminders for children’s persuasive writing.
The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate. Students begin by determining their goal or thesis. They then identify three reasons to support their argument, and . – the marking rubrics included in the QSA’s scaffolded persuasive writing tasks (e.g.
Kids have an opinion too) – the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority NAPLAN Persuasive writing marking guide.