This 19 page teaching packet is great for around Christmas-time! It includes minilessons on the persuasive writing genre, writing hooks, and elaborating on your points---supportive details. The packet includes 19 pages of:
-public speaking fun activity
-persuasive writing overhead transparency / printables
-writing character sketchoverhead transparency / printables
-writing assessment- grading rubric
I have found great success using this. I hope it helps you!