Based on one of the original student persuasive writing letters! An eleven-year-old girl, Grace Bedell wrote a letter to Abraham Lincoln in 1860, to persuade him to grow a beard. Did her letter work?
This packet is meant to supplement your persuasive writing instruction while integrating social studies content. This packet is based on the books Lincoln and Grace: Why Abraham Lincoln Grew a Beard by Steve Metzger and Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers by Karen Winnick, but the books are not required to use the unit.
– Narrative about Grace Bedell and Abraham Lincoln. This can be
copied for students
– Transcript of Grace Bedell’s letter to Lincoln
– Transcript of Abraham Lincoln’s reply
– Fact or Opinion cards – Whole group activity
– Mini-Poster: Parts of a Persuasive/Opinion Letter
– Grace’s letter with the parts of a persuasive letter highlighted
– Graphic organizer for planning persuasive opinion letters
– Persuasive writing prompts
– Brainstorming sheet o the principal, mayor, or president
– Blank writing lines to be copied on the back of the writing sheets
– Copies of the campaign poster referenced in Grace's letter to