Dear Mayor ... A Persuasive Writing Assignment

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Dear Mayor, I think we need … is a fun, persuasive writing activity that the students will love. Students will write a persuasive letter to the mayors of their communities to persuade or convince him or her of something their community needs. They will explain what the community needs (or needs to do), why it will benefit the community, and how this need can be achieved. This letter is meant to be a fun, fictional letter, but if you wish, letters could be tied to a real community issue or integrated into information learned in the content areas, and actually be mailed to the mayor to give their writing an authentic purpose.

This resource can be used to teach persuasive letter writing – taking students through the whole writing process from generating ideas all the way to publishing final drafts. It can also be completed as part of a writer’s workshop, writing center, or guided writing group. This assignment can be completed in one week – Day 1: Ideas, Day 2: Organization, Day 3: Voice and Word Choice, Day 4: Sentence Fluency and Rough Draft, Day 5: Conventions and Good Draft Publishing.

Their letters will contain three different parts:
- Introduction paragraph briefly explaining what the community needs or needs to do,
- Body paragraph detailing the different ways this need will benefit the community,
- Conclusion paragraph stating how the need can be achieved.

This assignment takes students through the 6 (+1) traits of writing (from pre-writing all the way to the published good copy).

Completed letters will make a great bulletin board display using the title: “Dear Mayor, I Think We Need …”.

I am including a completed letter that you can use with students to get their creative juices flowing, or to provide a little extra guided help for students who require more scaffolding or differentiation.

A rubric is also included for assessment.


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This activity is included in my Persuasive Letter Writing Bundle which contains 3 similar persuasive letter writing activities for upper grade students.

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Dear Mayor ... A Persuasive Writing Assignment
Dear Mayor ... A Persuasive Writing Assignment
Dear Mayor ... A Persuasive Writing Assignment
Dear Mayor ... A Persuasive Writing Assignment
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