My students had trouble with persuasive writing for years. I made many assumptions about their understanding of audience and addressing opposing views, not to mention the beast of teaching opening and closing paragraphs! This unit breaks everything down and provides practice at each step. It makes it much easier for students to understand what to do and how to do it, so they actually will write! (And you will actually want to read it!) The unit is based on five-paragraph essay structure, but it could easily be expanded to include more body paragraphs.
Please let me know if you have any questions that are not answered in the product description and free downloadable preview.
This product download includes:
Lesson Plan Sequence (approximately 3 weeks)
PowerPoints for each lesson:
The number indicates how many content slides per lesson:
- Audience (11)
- Pros and cons for Opposing Views (10)
- Take a Position and Make an Outline (9)
- How to Write an Opening Paragraph, Part I (10)
- How to Write an Opening Paragraph, Part II (12)
- How to Write a Closing Paragraph, Part I (8)
- How to Write a Closing Paragraph, Part II (6)
Note: I believe in a minimalist approach to PowerPoints. It's colorful and pretty, but does not include sounds and clip art. I don't want students to be distracted. The entrances of bullet points are animated so you can control the flow of the lesson. See preview for an example.
Handouts and worksheets to accompany each lesson, 18 total
- For a detailed breakdown, download the free preview. The handouts can be given out before or after the PowerPoint presentation. The handouts basically follow the PowerPoint and give additional practice for each skill.
Note: For Opening Paragraph, Part I and Closing Paragraph, part I, the practice will be done using their assigned prompt on notebook paper.
Persuasive Essay Checklist
Six Prompt Ideas
Free downloadable preview shows:
Document Table of Contents
Lesson Plan Sequence
Audience Lesson Pages
Opening Paragraph, Part I Lesson Pages
BEFORE YOU BUY:
If you only need a specific piece of this unit, you can buy them separately. Remember, it's a better deal to buy the entire unit!
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Audience and Opposing Views Lessons
Take a Position and Make an Outline
Opening and Closing Paragraphs Lessons