Which character from Greek mythology would you like to invite to dinner? Which would make the best president? Kids love writing opinion and persuasive paragraphs about their favorite mythological characters!
You’ll have everything to need to help your students write opinion and persuasive pieces with strong structure and style:
• Persuasive Techniques – This one-page handout discusses Aristotle’s time-honored strategies for persuasion: ethos, logos, and pathos. Students will learn to use credibility, logic, and emotional appeal to convince their audience.
• Organizers – Two simple planning sheets help students establish strong structure for opinion writing (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner!) and persuasive writing (________ for President). They’ll begin to see the similarities and differences between these two similar forms of writing.
• Examples for Modeling – For each piece, you will receive a sample organizer and a polished final product.
• Guidance for Modeling – Two teacher sheets provide explanations and examples to help students move to that polished final piece: first person for opinion, second person for persuasive; adding information; varying sentence structure; improving word choice; etc.
• Corresponding Stationery – Use these cute sheets for students’ final pieces for an eye-catching classroom display.
This set of activities works well with D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths, the Percy Jackson series, or any mythology unit.
In my fourth grade class, students first learned about characters from Greek mythology by completing Myth Character & Research Sheets
. Then they wrote opinion and persuasive paragraphs. This provided a review of opinion paragraphs and an introduction to persuasive writing. From there, students began their first five-paragraph essays with Persuasive Writing: You Should Try It!
They had a ball (and wrote some marvelous pieces).
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Common Core State Standards: CCSS W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1