Teach students the elements of Argumentative / Persuasive Writing:
- Write opening and closing paragraphs
- Address audience and their opposing views
- Take a position
- Make an outline
- Draft paragraphs from Outlines
- Put it all together while addressing the Common Core Standards!
Note: This unit is also sold in a bundle along with the Informative/Explanatory Writing Unit:
Essay Writing Lessons Bundle
My students had trouble with persuasive writing for years. I made many assumptions about their understanding of audience and addressing opposing views, not to mention the beast of teaching opening and closing paragraphs! This unit breaks everything down and provides practice at each step. It makes it much easier for students to understand what to do and how to do it, so they actually will write! (And you will actually want to read it!) The unit is based on five-paragraph essay structure, but it could easily be expanded to include more body paragraphs.
Please let me know if you have any questions that are not answered in the product description and free downloadable preview.
This product download includes:
Lesson Plan Sequence (approximately 3 weeks) that includes Common Core Matrices for grades 4 - 8.
Editable PowerPoints for each lesson (including correlated Common Core):
The number indicates how many content slides per lesson:
- Audience (11)
- Pros and cons for Opposing Views (10)
- Take a Position and Make an Outline (9)
- Drafting: Outlines to Paragraphs (10)
- How to Write an Opening Paragraph, Part I (10)
- How to Write an Opening Paragraph, Part II (12)
- How to Write a Closing Paragraph, Part I (8)
- How to Write a Closing Paragraph, Part II (6)
Note: I believe in a minimalist approach to PowerPoints. It's clean and looks nice, but does not include sounds and clip art. The entrances of bullet points are animated so you can control the flow of the lesson. You also have the option to edit the PowerPoints for personal use. See thumbnails for slide examples.
Handouts and worksheets to accompany each lesson, 18 total
- For a detailed breakdown, download the free preview. The handouts can be given out before or after the PowerPoint presentation. The handouts basically follow the PowerPoint and give additional practice for each skill.
Note: For Opening Paragraph, Part I and Closing Paragraph, part I, the practice will be done using their assigned prompt on notebook paper.
Persuasive Essay Checklist
Six Prompt Ideas
Free downloadable preview shows:
Document Table of Contents
Sample of Common Core Standards Matrix
Lesson Plan Sequence
Audience Lesson Pages
Opening Paragraph, Part I Lesson Pages
This unit is also sold separately as individual lessons:
- Audience and Opposing Views
- Opening and Closing Paragraphs
- Take a Position and Make an Outline
What so teachers have to say about this unit?
“This has been one of the best items I have purchased on TPT. It is very complete and my 6/7 grade students are doing a wonderful job writing a persuasive essay because of it. I would highly recommend this resource! Thank you so much for providing such a quality item! “
“The unit is a hit with me. The lessons were clear, concise and a real time saver. “
“This helped so much. The kids struggle with intro and close and other parts so I love how this broke all their struggles down into parts and gave practice. Will definitely use again and again. Thanks “
“WOW! What a difference this made in essay writing. I actually enjoyed the writing process this time! Thank you SOOO much!”
“I used the Audience ppt lesson for my observation with the principal. She was so impressed!”
“I currently teach 5th grade. I used the information in this unit for a two week persuasive writing lesson. A few weeks later my students took the state writing assessment. I was VERY pleased to see that some of my students had persuasive prompts and were making pro/con charts, thesis statements, and great introduction/closing paragraphs. Thank you!”
“A thorough guide for teaching persuasive writing. Unit is broken down very sensibly into suggested timelines from start to finish. Very professional! Will definitely use this for my 8th graders! Thanks!”
“I love how this is broken down. Thank you so much for sharing your work! My students are loving persuasive writing.”
“This is a well put together resource for teaching persuasive writing. I teach an advanced group of 5th graders and this is something that really helped to improve their writing. Thank you for the great work!”
“I used this with my 6th grade students and loved it. It was organized and went very well. I am so pleased that I chose to try this unit. Thanks so much.”
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