My Favorite Activity (Grades K-2)
To understand the basic purpose and use of persuasive writing.
- Pen or pencil
- Dry erase board (optional)
- Dry erase markers (optional)
BACKGROUND DISCUSSION (20 minutes)
- Write the following sentence on the board: I think we should play outside all day. Ask students to imagine that they had to convince the principal to let them play outside all day. Ask them what reasons they would give. Write a list on the board. (Possible reasons may include: enjoy fresh air, be with our friends, play games and sports, exercise, have fun.)
- Describe how this is an example of persuasion (the act of making someone do or believe something by giving the person good reasons). Ask students: Have you ever tried to get someone to do something that you wanted him or her to do? What are some examples? (Possible answers may include: go to the playground with my friends; get my brother/sister to feed the dog; ask my teacher not to give us homework; get permission to watch a television show at home.)
- Explain how students use persuasion regularly to convince or encourage someone to do something.
WRITING ACTION (20 minutes)
Distribute copies of My Favorite Activity (Grades K-2) Student Reproducible.
Have each student write a short story about his or her drawing. Invite students to share their stories aloud with the class.