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PERSUASIVE WRITING PROJECT - Creating a Business (Standards-Aligned)

Joy Sexton
Grade Levels
6th - 8th, Homeschool
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16 pages
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PERSUASIVE WRITING PROJECT - Common Core - A FUN and motivating writing project that will allow your students to connect with the “real world,” write strong persuasive arguments, and practice speaking and presenting skills.

Students tap their own interests as they create a plan to start a business of their own. They engage in creative and persuasive tasks, from the artistic design of their building, signage, and floor plan to writing a persuasive business letter, informational paragraph, and advertising flyer. Students will make the argument that their business should be “approved” for a start-up loan.

This project is EASILY DIFFERENTIATED! You can modify the number of tasks required--there are even extras suggested for advanced learners.

Provided in this resource:

1. Persuasive Project Description Handout – (2 pages) A step-by-step detailed explanation of the overall project scenario and the 5 required written components

2. Persuasive Letter Graphic Organizer – (2 pages) Students plan their persuasive letter on this easy-to-follow organizer, which includes areas for Introduction, Claim and Support, Opposing Viewpoint, and Conclusion. On the edge of each section are prompts reminding students what information must be included.

3. Sample Business Letter – (1 page) A business letter is typed in block format with each part clearly labeled and described: Inside Address, Heading, Salutation, Body Paragraphs, Closing, Signature. Students use this page as a model for form when drafting their business letter.

4. Presenting Your Business Plan – (1 page) This page describes the process students will follow when presenting their Business Plan to their classmates, who assume the role of bank loan officers. A Grading Rubric also appears in the lower section of this handout.

5. My Presentation Plans – (1 page) This graphic organizer allows students to organize the ideas they will showcase when making their persuasive presentations.

6. Transitions List – (1 page) A page listing transitions students will refer to when writing their persuasive letters and their paragraph. Transitions are provided for each category: To add information, To compare, To contrast, To emphasize, To show time, and To sum up.

7. “Peer Evaluation” Log for Presentations – (2 pages) Classmates evaluate each other on this log sheet during their presentations, which is later shared in a unique feedback-sharing process!

8. Grading Rubric for Persuasive Business Letter – (1 page) Use this rubric to evaluate the components of student writing for this argumentative piece.

9. Persuasive Project Grading Sheet – (1 page) Use these grading sheets to tally students’ points for their presentations and final project pieces. Includes indicators of strengths and areas for improvement.

10. Teacher Guidelines and CCSS – (4 pages) Specific step-by-step directions are provided for every aspect of the project, including differentiation.

If you are looking for an authentic project that excites middle school students, hits the Common Core standards for writing yet allows for student creativity, this resource fits the bill! Please open the PREVIEW for a look.

Thank you --Joy

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Total Pages
16 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.
Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize salient points.
Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.


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