This packet helps students distinguish between fact and opinion by dissecting the elements of persuasive writing. Language and word choice, facts, and reasons are all discussed. Activities include graphic organizers, essay forms and rubrics.
PERSUASIVE WRITING - student handout
This handout provides a discussion of three basic techniques used in persuasive writing: using persuasive language, using facts, and using reasons. The activities which follow are based on this information and help in the development of critical thinking.
USING PERSUASIVE LANGUAGE
The worksheet provides a list of words intended to generate approval or disapproval. A graphic organizer helps students organize the words into two groups. One or two of the words could be placed in either box. Students are then asked to write two paragraphs about an imaginary candidate using words from the list. One paragraph would describe the subject as a good candidate. The other paragraph would describe the subject as a poor candidate.
CAUSES OF THE CIVIL WAR - student handout
This detailed informational handout on the causes of the American Civil War is to be distributed to the students and used to do the next two worksheets. USING FACTS
USING FACTS TO MAKE YOUR POINT
Students will use the graphic organizers on this worksheet to arrange their ideas from the Causes of the Civil War handout, isolating economic causes from those on the issue of slavery.
The paragraph form is for an essay answering the question “Was the American Civil War fought to abolish slavery or for economic reasons?” A rubric is also provided.
USING REASONS - paragraph form
This paragraph uses reasons to support an opinion. A rubric is also provided.
Another handy addition to our Write On! series an organizational approach to critical writing preparation. From CK Teaching Aids, of course.