Can your students persuade the principal to cancel school for a snow day? This winter writing activity takes students through a step-by-step process to write effective one-paragraph persuasive letters.
Step One – Introducing/Reviewing Structure and Strategies
The class discusses structures and strategies necessary for an effective persuasive essay.
Step Two – Developing Reasons
After brainstorming, eliminating, and combining supportive reasons, each student lists three strong, relevant reasons for a snow day.
Step Three – Writing Powerful Beginnings and Endings
The teacher models powerful beginnings and endings. Each student writes a variety of parallel beginnings and endings and selects the best choices for his/her writing.
Step Four: Drafting
Students focus on their audience and task to write rough drafts of their snow day letters. They use a mini thesaurus (Winter WOW Words) to improve word choice.
Step Five – Linking Opinions and Reasons
(W.3.1c, W.4.1c, W.5.1c)
Students review lists of words showing similarity, difference, cause/effect, examples, sequence, and conclusion or generate their own using a blank sheet.
Step Six – Editing and Revising
Students edit their writing independently or with a partner using an editing checklist.
Step Seven - Publishing
Students write their letters on themed snow day stationery.
Created for third and fourth grade students, the activity focuses on writing a one-paragraph persuasive letter. It includes detailed lesson plans, a suggested schedule, two mini posters describing structure/strategies for a writing an opinion piece and parts of a letter, six student pages (Reasons for a Snow Day, My Reasons, Beginnings, Endings, Linking Words), two modeling sheets, a mini thesaurus designed especially for this activity, snow day stationery, an editing sheet, and a comprehensive rubric.
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Each page of this product features boys and girls bundled up for a snow day. The clip art was created by Cara Taylor (Cara’s Clips) and can be found on her Teachers pay Teachers store
Do you want your students to write a longer persuasive writing piece? Check out Snow Day: Five-Paragraph Persuasive Essay
or Persuasive Writing: You Should Try It!
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I'm committed to continual improvement. This resource was updated and enhanced on August 6, 2017.