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Persuasive Essay: Environmental Issues

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Persuasive Essay: Environmental Issues

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 45-minute sessions, plus independent work
Lesson Author

Laurie A. Henry, Ph.D.

Laurie A. Henry, Ph.D.

Lexington, Kentucky


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Chart paper and writing materials

  • Computers with Internet access

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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.


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Role Play Activity sheet

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1. Review and bookmark the Persuasive Writing website, which offers information on the format of a persuasive essay, the writing and peer conferencing process, and a rubric for evaluating students' work. Make copies of the sections "Conferencing with a Peer" and "Persuasive Essay Rubric" to distribute to students during the lesson.

2. Print copies of the Role Play Activity sheet.

3. Print the sample persuasive essay Should Marine Mammals Be in Captivity? to read aloud to students and use for close examination of the format and techniques of writing a persuasive essay.

4. Schedule time in the computer lab, and bookmark the Persuasion Map and the environmental websites listed above.

5. Gather additional print resources (e.g., texts, magazines, newspapers) to supplement students’ research on environmental issues. Students should be able to access these print resources in the school or classroom library.

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