Persuasive Writing New Zoo. This activity will get your students excited about persuasive writing by having them create a theme for a new zoo in their city..
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The overall purpose of this product is to engage your students in persuasive writing in order for them to understand the key components (effective lead, supporting evidence, objections, responses, etc.) that need to be included when writing a persuasive piece.
Here is the scenario on the card:
Breaking Story! You have just found out that the National Zoological Society has accepted your city’s proposal for a new zoo. Included in the zoo will be unique animals such as the woolly mammoth, T-Rex, along with the traditional giraffe, hippo, elephant, gorilla, alligator, python, etc. The City Council decided to offer $10,000 to the person that can come up with a creative name and theme for the new zoo. You have some hard work ahead of you!
Below is your “To Do” list:
1. Zoo Name & Theme: The National Zoological Society is waiting to know what the new proposed name and theme will be for the zoo in your city! Be creative, as you want to attract visitors to the zoo.
2. Persuasive Letter: After you have decided on a creative name and theme, you will then be asked to submit a letter to the National Zoological Society to try to persuade them to accept your idea. Refer to the example and student handout for specific guidelines on how to write your persuasive letter.
3. Zoo Ticket Stub: Once you have a name, a theme, and have written a persuasive letter, you will need to design a colorful ticket stub for the zoo. Be sure to include the name and your creative theme.
Included in this product is:
- Teacher Tips & Lesson Plan Handout (3-pages)
- Persuasive Writing Cards (1-page; 2 per page; color)
- Persuasive Writing Cards (1-page; 2 per page; printer friendly)
- Persuasive Writing Student Handout (2-pages)
- Persuasive Writing Student Handout Example (2-pages)
- Persuasive Letter Format (1-page)
- Persuasive Letter Checklist (1-page)
- Example Big Hit Movie Letter (1-page)
- Big Hit Movie Letter Student Activity (1-page)
- Big Hit Movie Letter Answer Key (1-page)
- CCSS Student Reflection Form (1-page)
- Persuasive Writing Rubric (1-page)
- Ticket Stub Templates (2-pages; 2 templates)
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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