Lesson: Persuasive Letter Pre-Writing
SW complete pre-writing exercises for a persuasive letter.
• Who is my audience?
• What is my main idea?
• What persuasive devices can I use to push my main idea?
Finish pre-writing sheets
Prompt sheet (choice board)
Argument graphic organizer
Lesson Plan: I Do
Teacher guides students through their various choices; class, as a whole, comes up with the things that each possible audience cares about.
Teacher models the completion of a pre-writing sheet.
Lesson Plan: We Do Together
Students form into word-study groups. First, the entire group speed-sorts. Then, each student individually has to write out all the words on a sheet of looseleaf.
Lesson Plan: You Do
After students write their sorts, they start work on their persuasive pre-writing sheets.
1. What went well?
2. What would you change?
3. What needs explanation?
It's such a good idea--whenever you can--to allow students the ability to choose which prompt they'll respond to. It gets my students really excited to jump into the writing process.
The major limitation here is the difficulty in helping each kid individually. At first, I tried to do quick fly-bys for each one, but that proved ineffective; I'd suggest trying to have genuinely illuminating conferences with three or four students per ten minutes.
The choice board is a little place-and-time-specific; you'll want to change a few of the names and places to tailor them to the students that you teach.
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