In this unit, I take advantage of my students’ natural inclination to argue with their parents. Because they usually communicate passionately (and sometimes disrespectfully) with their parents, this is a great opportunity to show them some persuasive strategies that require them to step back from their emotional response and form clear arguments. Students really enjoy this unit because their writing has real-life meaning.
This unit is an excellent foundation for persuasive writing; later in the year we tackle a formal persuasive essay. Having completed the Persuasive Parent Letter, they are quite comfortable with the elements required.
The unit includes: assignment handout for students; business letter format; pre-writing strategies; letter to parents; graphic organizer for counter-arguments and refutation; outline; handout on logos, ethos, and pathos; student model from one of my students; a list of opening hooks; an exercise on tone and diction, peer response guides.
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