PERSUASIVE ESSAYS: Fire your students up to write in order to make the world a better place. Donald Graves and Penny Kittle state that persuasive writing gives the author the chance to, “convince the reader that he’d better get off his butt and get busy doing what the writer wants.” (Graves and Kittle, p.29, 2005) All humans love the chance to tell others what they think. Learn to take students wishes and dreams as well as their angst about the world and turn these thoughts into powerful persuasive essays while meeting the Common Core State Standard on argument and opinion writing. This guide contains a premade rubric for middle school students and access to grade level rubrics for persuasive in grades one to five. Three samples of student writing at middle school level are also given.
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