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Persuasive Writing: What Can Writing in Family Message Journals Do for Students?

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Persuasive Writing: What Can Writing in Family Message Journals Do for Students?

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 30-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Julie Wollman, Ph.D.

Julie Wollman, Ph.D.

Worcester, Massachusetts

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Printouts

Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

  • A booklet or notebook to be used as a journal. Lined paper with an unlined block at the top (for illustrations) works well in the beginning.

  • Teachers seeking assistance with getting Family Message Journals started should consult the ReadWriteThink lesson Launching Family Message Journals.

  • Back-up people to reply if a child's family members don't. (The letter and pressure from children make this a rare occurrence but there are always one or two families who cannot reply regularly. In this case, a student teacher in the school, a special-subject teacher, the principal, or librarian are good options.)

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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.

 

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PRINTOUTS

Family Letter

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PREPARATION

  • Choose the activities or experiences about which children will write their three messages, each with a different function. These could grow from your curriculum and can relate to any school activity or experience, such as a book read aloud, a science inquiry, a social studies lesson, a school assembly, a field trip, a celebration, making new friends, an assigned homework project, or any other topic drawing on school experiences. One message could focus on a lesson encouraging certain behaviors by families (e.g., wearing seatbelts, washing hands, or recycling). The second message could focus on children getting something they want related to a school activity (e.g., a study of common pets or an assembly advertising the school play). The third message could focus on getting help with solving a problem related to a topic of study (e.g., finding information about owls or solving problems with friends).

  • Prepare and photocopy the Family Letter if it has not been used in an earlier lesson. Have it translated into families' home languages as necessary.

  • Test the Persuasion Map on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool 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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