Students are always excited to share their opinions and persuade people to think along the same lines that they do. Learning how to do this effectively in writing takes a lot of practice, however!
Here are six engaging writing prompts to use when teaching a persuasive writing project. On standardized assessments, there is often a paragraph that the student must read to understand what they are to write about. There is rarely a prompt with just a simple question. I have tried to follow that format when writing these persuasive prompts so I can help guide the students through the process of understanding a more complex prompt.
I like to start persuasive writing lessons off with a video on the topic we'll be writing about. It helps get the conversation going, which in turn helps our writing. I've included video links for short 2-4 minute videos that go along with the prompts.
These prompts can be used as:
--whole group lessons
--small group lessons
Each prompt has a brainstorming area and a template for writing the response. The prompts included are:
--Persuade your mom to let you join the NASA program and be the first child in space.
--Persuade your mom/family member to take you to see a movie this weekend.
--Persuade your principal to get rid of student uniforms (or to not start this policy if your students don’t wear uniforms now).
--Persuade your audience that 1:1 technology is an effective/not effective way to learn (opinion).
--Persuade your mom to let you have a huge birthday party rather than a small family one.
--Persuade your mom to give you more daily tech time.