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Teacher Resources by Grade
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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|
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 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Unit
Students learn about organic gardening by developing their own research questions, conducting research, gardening at their school, creating signs about their plants, and presenting their research to the class.
Grades 7 – 9 | Lesson Plan | Unit
Using various reading strategies and resources, students explore the issue of food waste. They also create persuasive arguments and blog posts examining this topic.
Grades 6 – 12 | Lesson Plan
After students write persuasive essays, use this lesson to challenge them to summarize their essays concisely by creating five-slide presentations.
Grades 6 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Using the Haiku Poem App or the Haiku Poem Interactive, students summarize papers they have written using the traditional format of a haiku.
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 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  April 22
In celebration of Earth Day, students research famous environmentalists and write letters to them asking for their opinions on current issues and turn their letters into a poem.
Grades K – 6 | Calendar Activity |  January 20
A KWL chart is used to organize information about lions. Persuasive letters are written lobbying for programs and resources to protect these animals.
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.