Holiday Writing Activity | Persuasive Writing Printable & Digital Google Slides

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This was a very well-loved writing activity for my students. This kept them very engaged as we neared the Holiday break.
Super cute and lots of excitement from students. I like this resources because it has many activities that can cover a week's worth of lessons and opportunities for writing! Great investment!


Use this engaging packet of writing activities to excite your students with a persuasive writing task before the winter/Christmas Holidays. This holiday writing activity will get students to fill out "job applications" for the North Pole, and take them through the entire process of writing a persuasive letter to the Elves. There is also a fun drawing page included where they can draw a picture of themselves as an Elf! This would make for an adorable bulletin board in December and a fun activity to bring home.



  • Help Wanted signs written by the Elves that you can post in your classroom as a hook/engagement prompt.
  • PowerPoint of the jobs available at the North Pole, and the qualities you need to work them (e.g., Toy Designer, Quality Inspector, Supply Chain Manager, Packaging Designer)
  • Job Application handouts (made to look realistic)
  • Writing Handouts:
    • Planning: Brainstorming page for them to outline the qualities they have that would make them great at that job
    • Introduction - How-To Handout (gives students information about how to write a catchy hook/introduction sentence WITH EXAMPLES)
    • Supporting Points: outlined with Point/Proof prompts
    • Counter-Argument: Walks students through creating a counter-argument (optional)

  • Writing Outlines (4 different options)
  • Letter Rough Draft Outlines (includes prompts for date, greeting, indent - and options WITHOUT)
  • 4 Good Copy Papers (one black and white that can be printed on colour paper, 3 in colour)
  • 4 Craft/Colouring Pages: 2 in colour, 2 in black and white. These can be simply coloured to look like the student, or you can take a photo of them and glue it on the face :)


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.


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