Dear Mr. Principal May I Suggest... Persuasive Witing Unit

Grade Levels
3rd - 6th
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What if students were given the power to design their own schools? It might sound a little scary, but often even young students have some pretty great ideas about how they would like to improve their school. In this two week persuasive writing unit, students will be taught the art of persuasion as they create letters to their principal or teachers in an attempt to persuade them.

During this unit, students will be learning or reinforcing the following skills: purpose of persuasive writing, constructing support, paragraph development, creating strong hooks, use of transition words, steps in the writing process, writing strong conclusions, anticipating arguments, parts of a friendly letter, including strong words.

Wow, that is a lot in only two weeks!

What's in this packet? Everything you need! Just print and go.

•teacher lesson plans and tips

•suggested mentor texts for persuasive writing

•8 anchor charts to teach persuasive writing (What is Persuasive Writing?, Writing to Persuade- Oreo, Constructing Support for Persuasion, Organizing a Paragraph, Creating a Great Hook, Opinion Sentence Starters, Transition Words, Writing to Persuade- Getting Organized)

•12-page student planning packet

•teacher modeling pages

•peer conference forms

•revision checklist

•editing checklist

•rubric for assessment

•student reflection form

My students always enjoy this writing activity and take it very seriously. They can't wait to hear whether or not their idea will be accepted!

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Total Pages
40 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
Link ideas within and across categories of information using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., in contrast, especially).
Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.


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