End of Year Persuasive Writing Unit - Designing a Roller Coaster & Writing an Ad

Grade Levels
5th - 8th
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Looking for the perfect end of the year writing unit? Then, keep students engaged and interested in learning with this fun (and rigorous) persuasive writing unit. Based on roller coasters (every kid's favorite summer destination) this unit taps into students’ creativity and teaches them important writing skills.

In just 10 days students will develop background knowledge on roller coasters after reading informational texts, study and analyze advertisements, develop an understanding of critical components of persuasive writing, write their own persuasive advertisements for a roller coaster they designed, present their advertisements to the class, actively listen to their peers’ writing, and reflect on their own year in your class. Since students write persuasive ads (filled with figurative language, propaganda techniques, and critical persuasive components) about a roller coaster they created, their engagement level is extremely high in this writing unit.

Guided lessons and activities help students to take their first drafts and transform them into well-crafted persuasive advertisements. When it comes time to present their advertisements to the class, they’ll all be begging to go first.

You won’t believe how quickly students master persuasive writing and how strong their final writing pieces become in this Persuasive Writing Unit! This is by far the most fun way to end a school year.

Digital Version Included - This resource includes a traditional PDF version of the student writing packet, as well as a link for Google Slides. This means that this resource is ready for Google Classroom! The digital version of the packet is accessible from any computer and allows students to complete their work online. You’ll find links for digital versions of the student writing packet and the grading rubric included with this resource.

Common Core State Standards addressed in this unit:

  • W.1, W.4, W.5, W.10
  • SL.4, SL.6
  • L.1, L.2, L.3
  • RI.1, RI.2, RI.10

This detailed Persuasive Writing Unit includes:

Teacher Resources:

  • Detailed Unit/Lesson Plans (10)
  • Advertisement Rubric
  • Active Listening Guide for Students

The Student Persuasive Writing Packet Includes:

  • Roller Coaster Survey
  • 4 Nonfiction Roller Coaster Background Passages
  • Reading Comprehension Questions
  • Hands-on Roller Coaster Vocabulary Activity
  • Guided Notes on Persuasive Writing and Critical Components of Advertisements
  • 3 Model Advertisements and Critical Components Graphic Organizer
  • Pre-Writing Activities: Because Statements, Propaganda Techniques, Figurative Language
  • Step-by-Step Advertisement Prewrite
  • Draft Writing Notes and Expectations
  • Revision Activities: Critical Components, Style and Coherence
  • Active Editing Checklist
  • End-of-Year Reflection Questions
  • End-of-Year Reflection Roller Coaster

Keys: (13 keys total)

  • All keys for instruction
  • Keys for teacher samples and modeling

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Total Pages
60 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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