Persuasive Writing St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This activity will get your students excited about persuasive writing by having them create a theme and determine a location for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day parade.
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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:
Congratulations! You have been chosen as a finalist by the International St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee to come up with a theme and location for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day parade. This is a prestigious honor as this parade will be attended and watched by people all over the world. You have some difficult decisions to make. Good luck with your proposal!
Below is your “To Do” list:
1. Parade Theme & Location: The International St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is eagerly waiting to hear what the parade theme will be and where it will be located.
2. Persuasive Letter: After you have decided on a theme and a location for the parade, you will need to write a proposal to the International St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and try to persuade them to accept your proposal. Include in your proposal why you chose the theme and location that you did. Also include in your letter who the Grand Marshal will be and a list of some of the floats and participants that will be in the parade. Refer to the example and student handout for specific guidelines on how to write your persuasive letter.
3. Parade Ticket Stub: Once you have a theme, the location, and have written a persuasive letter, you will need to design a colorful ticket stub for the parade. Be sure to include the theme and location.
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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