Persuasive Writing Donut Theme {Design a Donut Project}

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The Knitted Apple
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2nd - 5th, Homeschool
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By far my favorite writing activity we did all year. The kids got really into their designs and writing!
This was such a fun writing project!!! The students had a blast creating their own donut and seeing what their classmates created too. We will be using this every year!
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Almost all kids love donuts! Something they might not love as much is writing. This persuasive writing project pairs the topic of donuts (YUM!) with a fictional contest to increase engagement, especially for your reluctant writers.

In the "Design a Donut Contest," students develop and practice persuasive writing skills with a fictional contest. First, they'll design and sketch a new and unique donut. Then they will use persuasive writing to explain why the shop owners should choose their donuts for the featured "Flavor of the Month."

Please see the specific information about the digital and original (print) versions. Both versions are included, so you can successfully complete this fun and engaging persuasive writing project with or without technology.

Original (Printed) Version:

  • Lesson plans
  • Small group warm-up activity to engage students and review persuasive/opinion writing skills
  • Project assignment page (explaining the project to students)
  • Student planning and project pages
  • Grading rubrics (two choices)
  • Example of the completed project

Digital Version:

  • A link to copy the digital resource into your Google Slides is included in the PDF.
  • The Google Slides resource works great in Google Classroom but can also be downloaded from Google as a PowerPoint if needed.
  • The slides are created in WIDESCREEN (16:9).
  • The digital version includes the components of the original project but is modified slightly to make it work more efficiently using technology.
  • All slides created for the digital version are shown in the product preview.

I created the Design a Donut Project to integrate art and writing. I have been thrilled with the feedback and creative ideas educators have shared with me these past few years.

  • "This activity produced some great writing out of my students! They immediately bought in and were engaged the whole time. Thanks for a great product!" -Erin S.

  • "I used this at the end of the school year to wrap up our persuasive writing unit. My students loved it! The students had so much fun. I added a competitive edge to this as the winners received gift cards to a donut shop. This made them really take this seriously and write some great persuasive paragraphs! Great way to end the year!" -Ellen P.

  • "My students loved this! For fun, we voted on our favorite donut. From there, I took the winning donut to a restaurant in town and asked if they could create it. Not only did they make it, but they invited my entire class to their restaurant to eat it. My students had a blast!" - Elizabeth B.

Please check the preview to see everything that is included!

Thank you!

-The Knitted Apple


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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer’s purpose.


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