"Persuasive Essay Activities for Reluctant Writers" is a collection of scaffolded writing activities designed to get even the most hesitant writers engaged in high-interest topics. It is ideal for use in the ESL and special education classrooms. These activities are designed to overcome affective filters that block students from the production phase of communication.
The activities guide students through discussions of the following:
1. Should cell phones be allowed in classrooms?
2. Should everyone study a foreign language?
3. Are pit bulls more aggressive than other breeds of dogs?
4. What's the best way to treat prisoners - punishment or rehabilitation?
5. Should the world prepare for an alien attack?
6. What's the best type of music?
7. Should schools start later?
8. Should robots replace teachers?
The module includes models for writing for each topic, opportunities to improve reading skills while studying writing, questions to guide students to form opinions, student-friendly rubrics to get students communicating and speaking about topics and into the habit of providing a thesis, supporting details, and transitional words and phrases.