Can your students persuade the principal to cancel school for a snow day? This winter writing activity takes students through the following steps to write effective one-paragraph persuasive letters:
Step One – Introducing/Reviewing Structure and Strategies (W.3.5, W.4.5)
The class discusses structures and strategies necessary for an effective persuasive essay.
Step Two – Developing Reasons (W.3.1b, W.4.1b)
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 (W.3.1a/W.3.1d, W.4.1a/W.4.1d)
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 – 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 Five – Writing a Letter (W.3.4, W.4.4)
The teacher displays and discusses the format used for letter writing.
Step Six: Drafting (W.3.4/W.3.5, W.4.4/W.4.5)
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 Seven – Revising, Editing, and Finalizing (W.3.5, W.4.5)
Students edit their writing independently or with a partner using an editing checklist. Finally, they write their letters on themed snow day stationery.
This product, written for third and fourth grade students, focuses on writing one persuasive paragraph. It includes three pages of detailed lesson plans, 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.
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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