Bringing the real world into your classroom is one of the most exciting things that you can do for your students!
When I teach them about persuasive writing, this is one of the projects that the class really enjoyed...mostly because they got to look through toy advertisements! I would bring in the toy and cereal ads from local stores and ask them to look through and circle descriptive words with a small group of friends. You can also bring in some colorful cereal boxes and have the kids brainstorm what about the box might help it to sell! :)
We then organize our ideas and persuasive words on the outline page. It is really important to give them some time to be creative and plan for their advertisement. I guide them through this whole process on the front board as I create my own.
I model the writing of the persuasive paragraph first before setting the kids free to do theirs!
Then they are able to write their paragraph and illustrate and sell their exciting new cereal in their advertisement!
I recommend breaking this project up into 2-3 45 minute periods. Just watch the students and you be the judge of how much time they will need to do a great job! You can also extend this activity by having them present their actual paragraphs to the entire class!
Happy Teaching! -Mrs. Walshie ;)