Do you want an end of the year activity that requires your students to use their argumentative writing skills? This persuasive letter will certainly meet your needs.
This lesson requires students to use rhetorical appeals and strategies to make a defense for the grades they think they deserve in the class.
To begin, students watch a short video and take notes on ethos, logos, and pathos. Next, they rank and discuss the effectiveness of reasons for an argument about curfew. Using rhetorical devices, they also brainstorm the qualities of an exemplary student. Then, after they have a better understanding of effective reasoning and rhetorical appeals, they brainstorm and plan for their own letters. Finally, they revise, proofread, and write polished persuasive letters to their teachers.
This 17 page resource includes the following:
-explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core ELA Anchor Standards
-rhetorical appeals graphic organizer
-rank the reasons activity
-exemplary student brainstorm activity
-persuasive letter prompt and handout
-persuasive letter rubric
Need other end of the year activity ideas? Then you may want to click the link below:
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