I put together a bundle of the materials I use for a particularly fun persuasive writing piece I do with my middle schoolers. I ask them to persuade me about the best possible age to be, as well as the worst possible age. The planning sheet included guides them through selecting the three best pieces of evidence to support their statement. The students find the project very silly, and come up with excellent, specific pieces of evidence to support and persuade.
The pieces were hung in the hallway to try to persuade passersby, and everyone got a big kick out of them (especially the worst age ones!).
I used this writing piece to begin the novel Bud, Not Buddy, where Bud tells us that 6 is the absolute worst age to be. Though this worked very well at the beginning of the novel, it can absolutely stand alone, as well. These sheets can be used to have students write either persuasive essays or persuasive paragraphs.
This “best/worst” age persuasive writing bundle includes:
* 1 pre-writing sheet
* 2 versions of final copy paper (one for the best age, one for the worst age)
* 1 additional blank page of writing paper for those students who love to keep writing!
* 2 pages of the attention-grabbing signs I hang in the hall with the student’s work