This Zipfile contains a 20 page Smartboard file lesson on how to write a persuasive essay. It is an intro to the persuasive essay as well as a writing activity about persuading the President to pardon a turkey for the Presidential Turkey Pardon each Thanksgiving Season. The student takes on the role of the turkey and writes a letter to the President of the United States asking to be pardoned on Thanksgiving! There are many links to powerpoints about letter writing for the students letter to the presidents, links to You Tube video commercials that persuade and printable graphic organizers to assist the students in organizing their project. There are also sample persuasive essays for students to see examples of higher, medium and lower level persuasive essays. There are also slides relating to the Voice Trait for students to understand their turkey must have a convincing voice in order to be pardoned. Super fun activity that my students always enjoy!