Persuasive Writing: Create Horse Race Theme (Aligned to Common Core)
This zipped file will get your students excited about persuasive writing by having them create a theme for the fourth leg of the upcoming horse race.
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Congratulations! You have just been chosen by some of the most widely known horse race folks to come up with a fourth leg for the “Triple Crown” (The “Quadruple Crown”). But with this distinguished honor, comes some hard work! In the end, it will be up to the race folks to decide if your idea meets their very high standards. Below is a “To Do” list:
1. Quadruple Crown Location & Name: The first thing you will need to do is brainstorm the location of this monumental horse race and think of a creative name for the “race folks” to consider.
2. Ticket Stub Theme: Okay, so you’ve decided on the location and name for the Quadruple Crown race, now all you need to do is design a creative and colorful ticket stub that depicts your overall theme.
3. Persuasive Letter: After you have designed your ticket stub, you will be asked to submit a letter to the committee to try to convince/persuade them to accept your idea. Please refer to the example and template for specific guidelines on how to write your persuasive letter.
Included in this zipped file is:
-2-page Student handout (including a Common Core table)
-4-page Teacher handout (cover page, teacher tips, persuasive writing template, and an example of a persuasive letter)
-Persuasive writing rubric (if you choose to use it)
-Two persuasive ticket stub templates
-Wise Guys Thank You
This zipped file is intended to help your students with writing persuasive pieces.
Common Core Writing Standards Addressed
This writing activity will mainly focus on the following Common Core Writing Standards:
Text Types & Purposes
CCSS.ELA-Literacy W.3.1, W.4.1, & W.5.1:
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy W.6.1, W.7.1, & W.8.1:
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Production & Distribution of Writing
CCSS.ELA-Literacy W.3.4, W.4.4, & W.5.4:
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience
CCSS.ELA-Literacy W.6.4, W.7.4, & 8.4:
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
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