Books for Teaching Persuasive Letter Writing
Five teacher recommendations, plus tips for classroom use
- Grades: 9–12
From Unit Plan: Writing Persuasive Letters
Persuasive writing has become a focal point in many state and local district assessments. These professional books provide great mini-lessons and graphic organizers to help your students create productive persuasion pieces.
Hands-on Writing Activities That Get Kids Ready for the Writing Assessments by Susan Van Zile
Includes exciting lessons like the Great Paragraph Race, Super-Size Paragraphs, Building Paragraph Models, and more. An excellent resource to help students create strong paragraphs.
Classroom Tip: Use the brief writing assignments as mini-lessons to prepare the students for their persuasive business letter.
Helping Students Revise Their Writing: Practical Strategies, Models, and Mini-Lessons That Motivate Students to Become Better Writers by Marianne Tully
Revise, revise, and revise again. Encourage students to conquer this task with effective strategies and activities.
Classroom Tip: Use the featured Editing Marks and checklists when marking written assignments.
Letters from a Nut by Ted L. Nancy
This book of humorous letters is an excellent resource for letter writing assignments.
Classroom Tip: Read aloud any letter in the book to "hook" students into any letter writing assignment.
Parts of a Letter! Friendly Chart
This poster displays formats for both the business and friendly letter.
Classroom Tip: Hang this poster in your classroom for all your students to see. The bright, user-friendly formats are perfect models for letter writing.
Persuasive Writing: Mini-Lessons "Strategies " Activities by Tara McCarthy
Engaging mini-lessons, strategies, and activities reveal the fine art of persuasive writing. Great source for those powerful persuasive words.
Classroom Tip: Use the assignments and handouts in the persuasive letter writing section to keep your students engaged.