Students will study the genre of persuasive writing through movie reviews. Students will analyze the components of these writing genre, give support for their thinking, and organize their writing like the model texts. Fits nicely into readers' and writers' workshop, and hits your state benchmarks for writing and analyzing literature. My students loved the authenticity of this unit -- they were able to be like real movie reviewers and learn how to make their arguments more persuasive through supports, a skill that will help them across the curriculum!
The sample unit is based on Charlotte's Web to tie into literature themes in class. The sample reviews are tiered by reading level to facilitate differentiated instruction.