I used this organizer in my second grade class during our persuasive writing unit. We read "Hey Little Ant" together as a class and talked about the persuasion that was taking place in the story. I had students use this organizer to record reasons to squish the ant and reasons to save the ant. They were encouraged to use examples from the story as well as examples they formulated on their own. After the brainstorming, students were split into groups of 4 and made a persuasive poster for why the ant should be squished or saved. They then presented their work to the class.
This organizer is an awesome tool to help students organize their thoughts. It allowed for greater collaboration during the group work.
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