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Teacher Resources by Grade
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|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Dear Librarian: Writing a Persuasive Letter
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Four 50-minute sessions|
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students analyze rhetorical strategies in online editorials, building knowledge of strategies and awareness of local and national issues. This lesson teaches students connections between subject, writer, and audience and how rhetorical strategies are used in everyday writing.
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 | Writing & Publishing Prose
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.
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 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 K – 6 | Calendar Activity |  September 1
A school or public library librarian is invited to visit the classroom to talk to the students about the advantages of having a library card. Students then take a library tour to acquaint them with the general features and resources available.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  March 30
Through Sewell's novel, students explore the cruelty to animals and extend the discussion to current events, eventually presenting the information.
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.
Grades K – 5 | Professional Library | Book
This book follows the development of emergent and beginning writers as they explore the power and joy of written communication.
ACTIVITIES & PROJECTS
Grades 3 – 5 | Activity & Project
Plan a visit to a library to discover more about this magical place.