Designed as an initial bellwork exercise for students preparing for basic paragraph structure. It begins with an introduction of the three general parts of a paragraph followed by a high-interest paragraph and seven questions over the parts of the paragraph and the author's purpose. The assignment of writing their own persuasive paragraph follows and ends the unit. The topic is to the general students' interest. I'm more interested in the student being able to recognize the three parts of a paragraph and create one of their own at this point of the unit.
It generally takes me and my class about twenty minutes to get through this bellwork. I start the unit slow and explicitly teach persuasive writing and then move faster each assignment until they are working entirely on their own, independent on any help. This prepares them for the common core testing in the fall. My statistics over my students over the last three years have shown great improvement, especially with ESL and low-income students. I have several other activities on TpT that I use at least twice a week with students to improve their writing skills within the Common Core expectations.