Christmas Five Paragraph Persuasive Essay

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Can your students convince Santa to hire them as elves? This Christmas writing activity provides lots of support for students who are writing their first five-paragraph persuasive essays.

What’s Included:
• timeline with options for five, seven, or ten days of instruction
• five pages of detailed lesson plans
• student sheet explaining the structure of a five-paragraph persuasive essay
• graphic organizer for analyzing or planning any five-paragraph persuasive essay
• “The Giving Gift” – a five-paragraph essay to be used for analysis and modeling
• student sheet explaining persuasive techniques (ethos, logos, pathos)
• Elf Wanted poster
• student sheet/poster with strategies to improve writing
• comprehensive list of linking words
• five planning/drafting pages (one for each paragraph)
• peer editing sheet
• themed stationery for writing final piece
• rubric
• standards document for Common Core State Standards W.4.1 and W.5.1
• standards document for Indiana Academic Standards 4.W.3.1 and 5.W.3.1

Instructional Steps:
• Introduce structure of a five-paragraph essay.
• Locate the hook, thesis statement, supporting reasons, topic sentences, supporting evidence, conclusion, and call to action in the modeling piece, “The Giving Gift.”
• Discuss ways the modeling piece could be strengthened or revised.
• Optional: Analyze persuasive technique used in the modeling piece. Consider how the piece would change if a different technique were used.
• Introduce the prompt: Santa’s Workshop is now hiring! To apply, submit a five-paragraph essay describing personal qualities, skills, and ideas.
• Discuss strategies for strengthening writing.
• Ask students to plan and draft each paragraph of the essay separately.
• Use peer editing sheets to check and revise writing.
• Write finished piece on themed stationery.

Are you looking for a five-paragraph persuasive writing activity with less scaffolding? These units ask students to generate their own reasons and plan everything on a one-page organizer before writing.
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Enjoy!
Brenda Kovich

Christmas Elves Clip Art by Educlips
Total Pages
24
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
1 Week

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Christmas Five Paragraph Persuasive Essay
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Christmas Five Paragraph Persuasive Essay
Christmas Five Paragraph Persuasive Essay
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