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Dear Librarian: Writing a Persuasive Letter

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Dear Librarian: Writing a Persuasive Letter

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa Storm Fink

Lisa Storm Fink

Urbana, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Printouts

Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

  • Emily's Runaway Imagination or another selected text

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Persuasion Map

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Persuasion Map

The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.

 

Letter Generator

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Letter Generator

The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence.

 

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PRINTOUTS

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PREPARATION

  1. This lesson plan can be implemented after a class reading of the Beverly Cleary book Emily's Runaway Imagination, or the lesson can be taught alone.
  2. Coordinate this activity with the school librarian, setting up time for a class visit. If desired, the librarian might talk to the class before they work on their letters to discuss how decisions are made on purchasing for the library.
  3. Make appropriate number of copies of the Persuasion Map Printout and Persuasion Rubric.
  4. Test the Persuasion Map and Letter Generator on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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