This is a great product that combines research with persuasive writing. It includes non-fiction text packets for five different regions of California: the southern coast, the central coast, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Central Valley and the Bay Area. These text packets are easy to read and include lots of colorful photographs. Your students pick a region of their choice. Then they can work alone, with a partner or group to research the natural features, cities, climate, natural resources, industry, national or state park and animals of their region. They will then use their research notes to create a travel brochure to persuade others to come and visit their region. The travel brochure template is included with this packet. Also, included is a handout of common persuasive sentence frames to get your students started on ways to write persuasively. I do this activity with my students every year. Not only do they love it, but they learn so much about how to research and the difference between informational and persuasive writing as well.