Presidents of America [Persuasive Writing] Writing Unit of Study
In using this mini-unit, you will be teaching your students to plan, write, revise, and finalize persuasive letters. In the process, you will be targeting some key Common Core State Standards for second and third grade:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.1. Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.5. With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.6. With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1. Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.5. Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.1. Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.1.A. Introduce the topic or text they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.1.B. Provide reasons that support the opinion.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.1.C. Use linking words and phrases (e.g., because, therefore, since, for example) to connect opinion and reasons.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.1.D. Provide a concluding statement or section.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.5. With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 3 here.)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.1. Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Depending on your grade level and the amount of practice your students have already had with persuasive writing and letter writing, this unit will be ideal for introducing, practicing, or reviewing this important element of writing.
During this unit, your students will first consider the purpose of persuasive writing and elements of persuasive writing. They will brainstorm topics they care about, plan reasons that support their opinion, and write it using second and third grade writing elements, like transitions and conclusion sentences. Your writers will also get feedback from their writing partners, then revise and edit their work before publishing it.
We have paced this pack as a short 5-day unit, but it can easily be stretched into a two-week long unit by spending two days per writing lesson and providing your students with additional time to practice the targeted skills.
We have provided a Letter to Caregivers to introduce the unit to your students’ families and a rubric to close the unit. We chose to focus this unit on a persuasive letter to the President, as this could tie in a popular social studies topic. However, this topic can easily be modified based on the interests and writing levels of your class.
Enjoy teaching your students about persuasive writing and reading their final letters to the President through this targeted mini-unit!
Be sure to check out our other 2nd Grade Writing Units of Study:
2nd Grade Writing Workshop Unit 1: Constructing Our Writing Lives
And our 2nd Grade Reading Units of Study:
Unit 1: Constructing Our Reading LivesUnit 2: Flexing Our Reading MusclesUnit 3: Investigating the Minds of CharactersUnit 4: Navigating Through NonfictionUnit 5: Revving Up For Series ReadingUnit 6: Diving Deeper Into Nonfiction
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