Persuasive Letter Mini Lesson

Small group mini lesson with guided and independent practice. Lesson could be adapted for use with whole group. This lesson uses a mentor text, I Wanna Iguana, by Karen Kaufman Orloff, to show students how the author uses persuasive words in writing. This text uses letter writing as the method chosen by the character to persuade his mom to allow him to adopt an iguana. Pairing a mentor text with the lesson allows students to connect to the idea of persuasion and allow students to model their writing after that of an author.

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Helpful Hints


  • I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff 
  • Chart paper
  • Treats for each group