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Can You Convince Me? Developing Persuasive Writing

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Can You Convince Me? Developing Persuasive Writing

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 40-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Emily Manning

Emily Manning

Denton, Texas


International Literacy Association


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Graham Charles

February 07, 2017

I believe you have cited the wrong writing standards. You are using W.2 (grades 3, 4, and 5) -- informational writing -- when you want W.1. Persuasive writing is the old name for what CC calls "argument (opinion)". Scholastic has a good page on this nomenclature: http://commoncore.scholastic.com/answers/how-do-i-teach-persuasive-writing



June 06, 2016

I'm not understanding what the "game" is. Are the students trying to convince the others that they like winter or dislike winter the best?

Or, are they just arbitrarily trying to convince a judge why their team is the best?

Please explain. Thank you!



December 08, 2015

I'm not understanding what the "game" is. Are the students trying to convince the others that they like winter or dislike winter the best?

Or, are they just arbitrarily trying to convince a judge why their team is the best?

Please explain. Thank you!



April 13, 2015

Really love this resource. I'm just about to start persuasive writing and am really excited about using this resource. Thanks for sharing these ideas!



February 05, 2015

this is really well taught out. Im going to try it with my remedial children next week. thanks alot


V Deluca

January 21, 2015

I have a question. During session 3, are the students writing an argument about one of the examples they found for homework or are they choosing another topic to enter into the interactive persuasion map?



March 20, 2014

These lessons are great! I am so glad I found this!
I can't wait to teach it, I know my students are going to love it!



January 30, 2014

This lesson has included many different modalities of learning how to write a persuasive piece. Great for my special education students to stay engaged in task.


Jill Cooper

December 08, 2013

This was so useful and worked so well. It is the best lesson I have ever used from this source. Kudos. The kids are all using the words now! I want to say that it lends itself to a perfect lead in to teaching effective persuasive essay writing for the state test.


M. Gladstone

December 04, 2013

I am getting evaluated on Friday ~ and I have my pre-observation meeting tomorrow morning....Thanks for helping me align my lesson with the helpful interactive tools the persuasive writing lessons offer.


Donna McCausland

May 08, 2013

Thank you so much for sharing such a comprehensive lesson. I am definitely going to use this lesson and look forward to seeing your other lessons.
Thanks for sharing.



December 01, 2012

Looking forward to facilitating this lesson with my second graders. I tweaked it a little, but not much because it's a wonderful lesson with great materials. THANKS!


Nancy Zapparelli

November 25, 2012

I am also unable to open the powerpoint presentation of the lesson....darn it!!



October 11, 2012

I have just started to plan and structure a unit of work about developing persuasive writing and this has been a fantastic resource! Thank you!



October 04, 2012

Just wanted to say what a well structured lesson this is!! Im writing some lessons on persuasive writing at the moment and this has helped me incorporate games in to my lessons! So thank you!


Tutor Gold Coast

May 01, 2012

Which method is the best for teaching? Please tell me more info about it. <a href="http://www.personaltutors.com.au">Tutor Gold Coast</a>



February 11, 2012

I am planning to get at least through session 2 this week, but I have a question. I am already anticipating that students may have a hard time (as I do) understanding the difference between Logos and Research. I understand that Logos refers to a classic approach to argument, while Research refers to how you obtain the data, but how do you explain the difference between these two categories on this worksheet to the kids? Do many instances come up where they are using "logic, numbers, facts, and data" that they didn't obtain through research?



January 26, 2012

Just did session one with my 6th graders-- they loved it! They even asked to do it agian tomorrow, but I think we need to move on :)



January 15, 2012

I am beginning my unit on Persuasive writing this week and just found your unit! I love it. What is even better is that I am being formally evaluated on Wed. and will definitely be okay with these types of activities. I am so excited.



January 13, 2012

just great- my class loved it!!



November 28, 2011

For the game, is it two teams depending on if they thought winter was the best or not? Or do I make smaller teams? Thanks!



November 28, 2011

Nevermind, I needed to reread. Thanks!


meggy ramsey

November 21, 2011

this was amazing an great for kiddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd!!



November 18, 2011

Thank you for sharing your lesson and resources they are excellent!



November 13, 2011

Thank you for sharing this lesson. I used it and it worked wonders in my class. While I had to make some modifications, they were very minor. I am inspired by it. Thank you!


Sakai Smih

September 26, 2011

thank you thank you thank you! This is great! My students are already ready to move on!


Racquel Ellis

September 21, 2011

Great resources. Thank you so much. It made lesson preparation so much easier.



September 16, 2011

These resources are great! Please continue to post lessons that were successes in your class.

Thank you!



July 06, 2011

I am working on a persuasive writing unit and you have created wonderful resources. Thank you for sharing your work!



April 24, 2011

This is amazing stuff. Thank you for putting all the work into this and allowing it to be shared!!


Kelly Knappe

April 19, 2011

The game was a great way to start of the lesson! My students enjoyed it a lot and were then ready for more! I was unable to connect to the link for the power point presentation.


Bennett Robinson

March 26, 2011

Wonderful stuff, thank you! Easy to use, easily adapted to use with all students!



January 17, 2011

I am excited to use your worksheets, strategies, and rubric. I work for a charter school, and have to create my curriculum. This will save me lots of time, and get awesome ideas! Thanks



January 05, 2011

AWESOME! Thank you SO much!


Jessica Thumser

November 24, 2010

Although this is geared toward grades 3 - 5, there were certainly enough good ideas for me to adapt to my 8th graders. My lower level students quickly learned what I intended them to learn, and my gifted had fun learnin additional strategies. As previously posted, many did not even know they "knew this," and many others had fun learning persuasive techniques.



September 11, 2010

An amazing plan which the children loved! Very engaging and very detailed. Thank you. Keep up the good work!


Nikki Rooke

August 08, 2010

Great resource, easy to follow and implement in class, thanks


Kellie T

July 26, 2010

Hey Im a pre-service teacher in Australia and I'm totally thankful for your resources- they're a great help and guide for what I should be aiming to do in the future- Thanks Heaps! <><


Timothy Tiger Bailey

June 07, 2010

Awesome resource, thanks!



April 26, 2010

how do i play



April 09, 2010

I love this lesson! It's fun and engaging. Thanks


Kaylee Olney, RWT Staff

March 30, 2010

Hi Jan, There seems to be a communication problem between the latest versions of Internet Explorer (8) and Acrobat Reader (9). If you're working on a PC/Windows computer, you can download a security patch at http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com that should solve the problem. Another option would be to use the Firefox browser on your PC since the PDFs show up fine in that browser. You can download Firefox free at http://www.mozilla.com/firefox. Please contact us if that doesn't solve your problem so that we may investigate further.


Kristine Santarpia

March 20, 2010

I have been teaching persuasive writing for years and have never seen such an effective way to teach the strategies than having the students play the persuasive game. We never laughed so much as when the students tried to convince me to give them a prize---and it is amazing the lengths they go to do so! At the same time, each group used one of the strategies without even knowing it! Great fun and great learning! Thanks!



March 20, 2010

None of the lesson components will print. I have the latest Adobe update---as of today, in fact.


Kaylee Olney, RWT Staff

March 17, 2010

Juliet, you're probably experiencing technical difficulties with the PDF links because you don't have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer. You can download it for free by clicking the red Acrobat Reader icon button on our Site Tools page: http://www.readwritethink.org/util/help.html. Please let me know if this does not solve your problem.


Susan Hovland

March 13, 2010

The link to the power point presentation does not appear to be working.


Juliet Smebakken

March 07, 2010

I am unable to download or print any of the handouts for this lesson!


Judy schaner

February 19, 2010

Power point does not work


Kaylee Olney, RWT Staff

January 25, 2010

Thanks for alerting us to the broken links, Anita. There was a minor glitch in migrating all of the content when we launched the redesigned site. Everything should be available now.


Anita Parker

January 14, 2010

When I click on this link:
I get a message, Page not found.



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