ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, videos, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you.
Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals.
Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Can You Convince Me? Developing Persuasive Writing
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Four 40-minute sessions|
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students learn that you don’t have to raise your voice to raise a point. Writing a persuasive letter to your principal is a great way to get your opinions heard.
Grades 4 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
This lesson encourages students in grades 4 and 5 to think critically and write persuasively by focusing on preparing, presenting, and evaluating mock campaign speeches.
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
In this lesson, students use focused prewriting strategies to explore content and ethical issues related to a persuasive assignment.
Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.
Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.
Grades 3 – 8 | Mobile App | Organizing & Summarizing
Invigorate students' writing with an interactive tool that allows them to demonstrate their comprehension using a mobile app.
Grades 3 – 12 | Mobile App | Writing Poetry
Word Mover allows children and teens to create “found poetry” by choosing from word banks and existing famous works; additionally, users can add new words to create a piece of poetry by moving/manipulating the text.
Grades 7 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  November 19
Students practice the Pre-AP strategy called SOAPSTone, identifying important parts of the Gettysburg Address and comparing it with John F. Kennedy's inaugural speech.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  March 12
Students write expository and persuasive pieces with the help of the Persuasion Map and Essay Map interactives, and compare the essential features of the two modes of writing.
Grades 1 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  July 7
In a small group or as individuals, students write letters related to a unit of study or particular topic they have studied.
Grades 1 – 6 | Calendar Activity |  October 13
Students select characters that they believe are the most memorable from Cleary's books and write short persuasive essays to explain their choices.
Grades 6 – 12 | Printout | Assessment Tool
Use this rubric to assess the effectiveness of a student’s essay, speech, poster, or any type of assignment that incorporates persuasion.
Grades 3 – 12 | Printout | Graphic Organizer
Use this graphic organizer to develop a persuasive stance for an essay, speech, poster, or any type of assignment that incorporates persuasion.
Grades K – 5 | Strategy Guide
This strategy guide focuses on persuasive writing and offers specific methods on how you can help your students use it to improve their critical writing and thinking skills.
ACTIVITIES & PROJECTS
Grades 3 – 5 | Activity & Project
Children learn how to make a convincing argument—an important skill in school and in life.