My Very Own Dream Bedroom- A Persuasive Letter Writing Activity
Quick! Close your eyes! Visualize what your current bedroom looks like. What are the paint colors? What toys are in your room? Do you have to share your bedroom with anyone?
Students begin this writing unit by first visualizing their current bedroom situation and then visualizing their DREAM bedroom! I Wanna New Room, by Karen Kaufman Orloff, is a wonderful story that will be used as an inspiration of how to write a persuasive letter to their parents, requesting a dream bedroom. There are 22 different color posters, stating the following:
1. I can visualize my current bedroom.
2. I can visualize my dream bedroom.
3. I can read an example of a persuasive writing and identify its features.
4. I can identify the features of a persuasive letter.
5. I can write reasons that support my opinion or my point of view.
6. I can introduce the topic I am writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons.
7. I can write a persuasive letter to my parents. I can provide evidence that supports my point of view.
8. I can use linking words and phrases to connect opinions and reasons.
9. I can write a bold beginning as an introduction to my letter, in order to “hook” my reader.
10. I can use strong emotion words that describe my point of view.
11. I can use strong verbs to influence my readers’ opinions. My strong verbs help to make my case.
12. I can check my writing for features of persuasive writing.
13. I can have a peer edit my paper to check for correct use of conventions and persuasive letter format.
14. I can reflect on the writing process for my persuasive letter.
15. I can creatively publish my persuasive letter to my parents.
Each color poster has a student reproducible that goes with it. Also included is a sample letter that you can send home to families.
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