Students have opinions and often unabashedly share their thoughts with others. This unit of study moves students from an introspective look at their identity to a shift to communitarian awareness. Students explore the persuasive techniques for advocating a position, selling a product, and inciting action through analyzing multimedia, exploring social movements, and engaging in activism.
The unit of study is divided into three bends:
1. Connect to the writer’s message to focus on analyzing the structure, language, and purpose chosen to convey meaning.
2. Delve deeply into the unifying message behind a writer’s desire to incite action learning and the undertaking of civic responsibilities.
3. Apply understandings of persuasive texts to engage in an inquiry of societal issues of personal interest.
The primary goal of the unit of study is to help students become stronger readers. The development of reading skills and comprehension skills are the emphasis. Readers will investigate the author’s purpose, determine specific structures and language features of persuasive texts, and develop an informed view of opinion statements.
The resource is organized around 13 big ideas of persuasive texts. Each big idea, or session, has the following:
• Session Synopsis
• Anchor Chart(s)
• Word Cards
• Purposeful Task
• Response Prompt
All of the offerings for each big idea do not have to be completed. Choices are dependent on readers’ conceptual readiness. The intent is to provide instructional choices.