It’s no big deal.Any student can tell you why they like one breakfast cereal over another. They can also tell you why they think one holiday is better than the other. AND, if their brother or sister wants to watch a certain television show, they can certainly argue about why their television show is better. Use that to your advantage! When introducing a persuasive paragraph, just tell them they need to convince someone they are right!
The perfect persuasive paragraph revolves around Groundhog Day. Oops, I missed that one, didn’t I? (You’ll have to save this one for next year…sorry.) The week before Groundhog’s Day, the teacher would use her whole group writing lesson to ask for ideas for both winter staying or spring coming.
The week of Groundhog’s Day, passing out the Persuasive Pre-Writing Sheet. Each student will write 3 reasons they want winter to remain AND 3 reasons they want spring to get here. The whole group pre-write from the week before is on display for those students who need the help and assurance. For those students who are able, they may choose some other ideas. Regardless, everyone in my room is required to fill in both sides of the pre-write sheet before choosing which topic they will write to persuade the reader.
But, don't forget...
A pre-write is a PRE-write.That is, the students aren't finished with the persuasive paragraph until the use the pre-write to form their argument. They may decide which side they would like to persuade the reader. Providing the writing paper with a place for a picture can help students add details from their arguments to support their side of the argument.
When students are done with the Groundhog's Day introduction, persuasive paragraphs can be a part of the WRITING CENTER. Providing students with ideas for persuasive paragraphs is just the start they need to be off and running.
Which do you like best?Put blank persuasive writing pre-write papers in the center along with choice boards. They must plan their arguments BEFORE they write their paragraph.
Adding an introduction sentence to beginning and a closing sentence at the end...to "hamburger" their arguments, the students can check the persuading paragraph off their list of "must do's."
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