iPad App Debate: Persuasive Letter and Presentation

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SWBAT write a persuasive letter to me, their teacher, convincing me to purchase the iPad app of their choice.

Big Idea

Convince me if you can! Students will write a letter trying to convince me that we should purchase the app that they think is best for our 4th grade class to use.


Lesson Opener

20 minutes

"Today we are going on a field trip to the lunchroom!  We are going to deliver our persuasive letters to the school cooks."

Students will finish writing their persuasive essays that they started yesterday to the lunch cooks. We will then take the persuasive letters down to the lunch room and deliver them to the cooks.


30 minutes

I will remind the students that I am not easily persuaded.  They will need to craft their persuasive letters carefully.  

Students will create a Four Square graphic organizer and use it to organize their thoughts for their persuasive essay about which iPad app to purchase. Students will then create a persuasive letter addressed to me, the teacher, convincing me that the app they have chosen is best for the class.

Lesson Closer

20 minutes

After students have written their persuasive letters, I will have them each make themselves comfy on the carpet and they will each take a turn reading their essays from our "Royal Reader's Throne."

After hearing the information, I will make a decision based on the student letters as to which app we will purchase for our grade and make a grand declaration (Hear ye! Hear ye!) of the winning app.

Grading of Persuasive Essay

To grade the students writing, I use the rubric located in the resources.  I do not like to markup the children's writing fixing every little spelling mistake or punctuation mistake etc.  I feel it discourages students from wanting to write. Instead, I hold individual conferences with the students after I have graded their papers and go over the rubric with them pointing out things in their paper that they could work on.  I also point out that even the most accomplished authors have areas they can work on to improve their writing.  I feel this is a much more effective way to get the kids to reflect on their writing without discouraging them from writing in the future.