This activity includes a short realistic fiction piece, a map worksheet, a brainstorming worksheet and a persuasive letter writing template. You can use this story after a map or atlas lesson or to introduce persuasive writing. The students will follow along on the map as they read the story and trace the characters' journey down the east coast. After the story, students will research one of the states further, then complete the brainstorming chart and finally write a persuasive letter to the characters in the story. It's a great activity to tie together reading, research, geography and persuasive writing.