This unit includes materials
to help students understand
persuasive writing, along
with how to write their
own persuasive writing piece.
You will need a copy of the
the book, I wanna Iguana
by Karen Kaufman Orloff.
I Wanna Iguana Valid or Invalid Reasons
After reading the book aloud to students, make a list of the reasons the boy gave for why he needed the iguana. Discuss why the reasons he gave to his mother were valid or invalid and label them accordingly. For example: The boy said he needed a brother. The reason is INVALID because he already has a brother.
This can be used to model how to write a
persuasive paper first. Then students may write
their own paper, asking their loved ones for a new pet.
The graphic organizer includes the following sections,
OPINION, REASONS 1-3, and a FINAL PLEA.
Using a sentence strip, each section can be vertically glued in the correct succession of the writing piece. Remind students that they will be writing this in a letter format, just like the boy from the book did with his mom.
Final Draft Letter Template
Use this template to model how to write a persuasive writing piece, then allow students to write their own letter to the loved ones.
This template should be used once the graphic organizer has been completed. I am including an image of an example of a possible bulletin board display. Students will need to draw their own animal to accompany this writing piece.
I hope you and your students enjoy it!
I know my students did!