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Persuasive Writing

In this video a teacher asked students to analyze persuasive messages similar to those they see every day:

This effective learning task will help students analyze what they've learned and synthesize it into daily life. What are some other learning activities that will accomplish the same thing?

  • Can You Convince Me? Developing Persuasive Writing
    A classroom game introduces students to the basic concepts of lobbying for something that is important to them (or that they want) and making persuasive arguments. Students then choose their own persuasive piece to analyze and learn some of the definitions associated with persuasive writing. Once students become aware of the techniques used in oral arguments, they then apply them to independent persuasive writing activities. Designed for grades 3-5.
  • Don't Throw Away that Junk Mail!
    Students use old junk mail to identify persuasive techniques used to attract and hold the reader's attention.
  • "The American Forests" by John Muir
    Text of the August 1897 persuasive essay that helped prompt the creation of the U. S. Forest Service, a model of persuasive writing.
  • Techniques of Persuasive Presentations — Ebony, the Elephant Calf
    Students watch a short, downloadable video segment about elephants and identify the techniques used to persuade listeners to feel certain ways about what they see. This lesson is designed for grades 6-8. It includes support materials and a suggestion for assessment.
  • Who Rocks Your World?
    Students write a business letter nominating a performer for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • Persuasive Writing Lesson Plans
    More suggestions and resources.