Write Persuasively (Grades 3-5)
To write a persuasive article.
- Pen or pencil
- Dry erase board (optional)
- Dry erase markers (optional)
BACKGROUND DISCUSSION (20 minutes)
- Write the word persuade on the board. Discuss how people have different views about various topics. Give an example by stating your favorite book and asking students about theirs. Ask: Does anyone know the word for trying to convince someone to change his or her mind about something? Guide students to the word persuade on the board. Ask volunteers to define the word.
- Explain to students that sometimes people write in a way that is intended to persuade others. This is called persuasive writing. Explain that persuasive writing is often used to get a reader to accept a point of view or in advertisements to get people to buy a product.
- Ask volunteers to tell what they know about persuading someone. Ask: What are the words you would use to persuade someone that you have the best bike in your town? Explain that word choices can help strengthen persuasive sentences. It is also important to consider the audience, the purpose, and the reasons for your point of view. Students should use the following as a guide to the steps involved in persuasive writing:
- Identify the audience.
- Be clear about your purpose.
- Give supporting reasons for your opinion.
- Use persuasive word choices.
WRITING ACTION (20 minutes)
Distribute copies of Write Persuasively (Grades 3-5) Student Reproducible.
Using colored markers, re-create the word web and assign specific colors to each section. Ask: How does this help communicate your ideas more clearly? Then divide students into groups and have them create a poster about their ideal vacation.