Lesson: Intro. to Persuasive Writing
Just the other day, I was trying to persuade my dad to come up to
Boston for the eighth grader’s graduation. I was telling him how this was my last year at Epiphany, this was the last chance he’d have to meet my students, how he hadn’t had a vacation in a long time. My argument worked, and I actually persuaded my dad to come!
When have you had to persuade someone of something recently? [Elicit several responses.] Well, today we’re going to formalize this process and learn how to write a persuasive paragraph.
Introduction to New Material:
Have students take guesses on what should complete the following blanks before giving them the answers:
1 The purpose of persuasive writing is _________________________.
(to convince someone of your opinion on an issue.)
2 You can gather evidence for your argument from _______________,
(personal experience, interviews)
__________________________, and ________________________.
(articles, books, newspapers) (internet)
3 The topic sentence of a persuasive paragraph states _____________.
(your position on the issue)
4 Audience is important in persuasive writing because ____________________________________________.
(you have to tailor your tone and content to best appeal to your audience)
5 Some current hot-button issues that involve persuasion are _________________, _________________, __________________.
(immigration, gun control, death penalty, withdrawing from Iraq, uniforms in school, cell phones in school, longer recess.)
Guided Practice Practice:
Students vote on an issue that they’d most like to explore. Then, with teacher they fill in answers on document “Guided Practice – Defining Persuasive Writing.” My kids chose “Cell Phones Should Be Allowed in Schools” with the audience being the school’s administration.
1 The purpose is to convince Epiphany School’s administration that cell phones should be allowed in schools.
2 You can gather evidence for your argument from our personal experience, the internet, interviews with students at other schools where cell phones are allowed.
3 The topic sentence of this persuasive paragraph will be:
Cell phones should be allowed in schools.
4 Our audience is the Epiphany School administration, so we will have to consider adopting a serious tone and really address where they are coming from on the issue.
Students independently complete Persuasive Writing Quizzito.
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