The Great Kapok Tree Extension Activities
- Grades: 1–2, 3–5
About this book
Write an Animal Speech
Step 1: Spark interest by recalling with students the many arguments the animals used to express their views about the Kapok tree.
Step 2: Suggest that students think of other animals that live in threatened areas.
Step 3: Have each student write a speech for the animal of their choice. Students should come up with new arguments that express their own views about preserving native species and environments.
Step 4: Invite volunteers to present their speeches.
Tips for Teaching Persuasive Writing
Teach and Model
Explain that the purpose of the speech is to express an opinion you want others to share. To be convincing, writers need to support their opinions with examples, reasons, or facts.
Practice and Apply
Suggest that students model their speeches after those used in The Great Kapok Tree. Have students list facts and examples to support their opinions before they write their speeches.