1. Have students listen to or read examples of persuasive writing.
  2. Together, listen and look for words that helped the writer persuade the listener.
  3. Brainstorm something that is important to the class, e.g. should we get a class pet?
  4. Once the important topic is chosen, have the class start to list reasons why they should be allowed this privilege.
  5. Have students do some research to gather facts or examples that support their reasons.
  6. Have students summarize their position.
  7. Introduce a list of vocabulary the children will use when writing persuasively.
  8. Explain why we use persuasive writing- to share our viewpoint and to get people to agree with us!
  9. Allow the children to choose a prompt card to write about.
  10. Encourage the children to read the writing aloud.
  11. Remember persuasive writing can be tricky to get right, the children will need lots and lots of practice and repetition of the appropriate vocabulary and so on. Lots of rough drafts should be expected!

I have created a resource of 40 prompt cards for 3rd-6th class here and the first 20 are free!


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