Dear Teacher ... A Persuasive Writing Assignment

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Dear Teacher, I can explain … is a fun, persuasive writing activity that the students will love. Students will write a persuasive letter to their teachers to explain why they couldn’t finish their (imaginary) homework assignment. The more ridiculous the excuse, the more fun students will have with this assignment. Note: this is meant to be a fun, fictional resource for students. I am not actually condoning incomplete homework assignments. ;)

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 as an actual make-up assignment for a missed assignment.

Their letters will contain three different parts:
- Introduction paragraph briefly explaining what the missed assignment was,
- Body paragraph detailing the students’ reasons for why they couldn’t complete the assignment,
- Conclusion paragraph stating how they will complete or make up for the assignment.

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 Teacher, I can explain …”.

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 Teacher ... A Persuasive Writing Assignment
Dear Teacher ... A Persuasive Writing Assignment
Dear Teacher ... A Persuasive Writing Assignment
Dear Teacher ... A Persuasive Writing Assignment