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Books for Teaching Persuasive Letter Writing

By Elizabeth Ramos

Five teacher recommendations, plus tips for classroom use



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.

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