Persuasive Writing Unit of Study This free persuasive writing unit of study is designed to fit into your primary classroom writing workshop. This persuasive writing unit of study is created to be a free resource for teachers. We have redone the printables and provided them in one easy download.
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.
Other Resources I Have Used Scholastic offers many different resources for helping your students become better with their opinion writing, or for younger writers, understanding the difference between fact and opinion.
A great one to have in your classroom is: Click on the images below to download and print. There are many more sheets like these in Scholastic Teachables.
A couple weeks into our persuasive writing unit and I have already seen a lot of progress from our very first efforts.Mentor texts for persuasive writing. UtahWrite's fifth grade writing pfmlures.com would generate good ideas.
Find this Pin and more on persuasive writings by Jessica Vasquez. Mentor texts for persuasive writing. This would be a good book to start with when we write the expository composition about Granbury. Teacher Resources by Grade Persuasive writing is an important skill that can seem intimidating to elementary students.
This lesson encourages students to use skills and knowledge they may not realize they already have. A classroom game introduces students to the basic concepts of lobbying for something that is important to them (or that.
Writing a research paper may be more difficult, but students can’t be expected write one in an hour. Therefore, since writing a persuasive essay doesn’t require any research, students will continue to be tested on their ability to write them for some time.
The good news is that learning to write a decent persuasive essay is pretty easy. My third graders need to be able to write opinion pieces on topics or texts that state an opinion within a framework of an organizational structure that provides reasons that support the opinion and provides a concluding statement.
5 Persuasive Writing Guidelines for Students. Persuasive writing is a type of writing in which someone tries to get the reader to agree with their opinion or ideas.
Knowing how to write persuasively and learning how to recognize persuasive writing and are both valuable skills for kids to have. Expose the students to a variety of persuasive texts before and during the unit.
Read and view persuasive texts such as letters to the editor, advertisements and campaign speeches. Provide the students with opportunities .