The topic of pets is a high-interest subject for students. Using a model from literature is an effective strategy to teach persuasive writing. Students can relate to wanting a pet and trying to persuade parents. Letter writing skills will need to precede this lesson.
After reading excerpts of the books Charlotte’s Web and Because of Winn Dixie and discussing characteristics of a persuasive essay, students write a persuasive letter to their parents in an attempt to persuade them that they should be allowed to have a pet.
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- Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and...
- Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
- Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to...
- Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use...
- Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement...
- Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and...
- Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).
- GLE 0101.3.1
- Compose simple stories with a clear beginning, middle, and end.
- GLE 0101.3.3
- Begin to develop topic sentences.
- GLE 0201.3.1
- Write in a variety of modes for different audiences and purposes.
- GLE 0201.3.3
- Organize ideas into a topic paragraph with complete coherent sentences.
- With prompting and support, write opinion pieces introducing the topic or text, stating an opinion, supplying a reason for the opinion, and providing some...
- With prompting and support, write informative/explanatory texts, naming a topic, supplying some facts about the topic, and providing some sense of closure.
- With prompting and support, write narratives recounting an event, including some details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings; use time order words...
- Participate in shared research and writing projects, such exploring a number of books on a single topic or engaging in science experiments to produce a report.
- Write opinion pieces on topics or texts.
- Write informative/explanatory texts.
- Write narratives recounting an event or short sequence of events.
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