Persuasive writing can be difficult for any student, particularly for those with weak language skills. This bundle will help build basic persuasive skills including the ability to differentiate between persuasive vs. non-persuasive sentences, use appropriate vocabulary, and structure logical arguments.
•Persuasive vs. non-persuasive phrases: students circle "thumbs up" if the statement is persuasive and "thumbs down" if it is not.
•Persuasive vs. non persuasive letters: 3 different letter pairs will help facilitate discussion about persuasive writing and identify important elements.Sample 1 Persuasive letter : two sample letters from children requesting a dog. The effective letter demonstrates the ability to understand perspective and address concerns others may have.Sample 2 Persuasive essay/review: In these two essays, students wrote about their favorite ice cream shops. The stronger essay demonstrates use of adjectives and descriptive details that entice readers and conjure up pleasant images. Sample 3: Opinion Writing: Two essays aimed to express and justify opinions. The stronger essay (left) advocates for “more recess time”. The essay cites research and explains evidence. weaker essay (on the right) attempts to advocate for “more homework” but uses weak, at times illogical arguments and no supporting evidence.
•Persuasive Perspective Graphic Organizer: Encourage students to consider their reader's perspective as they write persuasive arguments.
•Idea Organizers: 3 differentiated graphic organizers that will help students think and about persuasive arguments.
•Say It Stronger Worksheet students get the opportunty to practice paraphrasing.
•Sentence Connection: Use as a cut and paste or create a durable file folder, this task will help students identify and build logical statements and arguments.
•Skill Hill File Folder Game: An interactive activity in which students move bicycle-shaped game piece up the "hill" as they respond to items on a variety of skill-building cards.
•Communication Prompts Written prompts to support communication on various levels from initiating interaction to utilizing transition vocabulary. Helpful for mixed group sessions.
•Letter templates and frames: Polka dotted wide lined frames one blank and one including carrier phrases to support the struggling writer.
•The "SWEET" writing strategy: This acronym will help students remember to follow specific steps as they write: "State objective", "explain WHY it is important" "give EXAMPLES" "EXPLAIN further" and "TIE it all up with a conclusion". Students will particularly enjoy the candy-shaped graphic organizer and the illustrated candy stationary (choice of pink, blue, green or black/white, lined and blank).
•Super Word Heroes Synonyms for Overused Words This child-friendly thesaurus is also sold separately HERE