I have created a Persuasive Essay Unit packet which aligns to the CCSS. Inside the packet you will find student friendly learning targets, unit vocabulary, and brainstorming pages. In addition to this, there are several outlines for students to use as they embark upon the journey of writing a persuasive essay. The first outline is a chart which asks students to considers both sides of an argument. Other outlines include strong vs. weak reasons, boxes and bullets outline, and a six paragraph outline (introduction, body paragraph one, body paragraph two, body paragraph three, counter argument, and conclusion paragraph). Also, included in the packet are rubrics, peer and self editing sheets, and a student reflection. A great way to get students engaged in persuasive essay writing is to find a topic they are passionate about. For my class we discussed whether or not zoos were good or bad things. Students wrote a small group persuasive essay about zoos before diving into writing their own independent essay. This provided students with a good foundation for persuasive essay writing as well as opportunities for more exposure to the reading of informational texts.