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 persuasive five-paragraph letters:
Introducing/Reviewing Structure and Strategies (W.4.5, W.5.5)
The class discusses structures and strategies necessary for an effective persuasive essay.
Developing Reasons (W.4.1b, W.5.1b)
After brainstorming, eliminating, and combining supportive reasons, each student lists three strong, relevant reasons for a snow day.
Choosing an Approach (W.4.4, W.5.4)
The teacher introduces Aristotle’s time-honored approaches for persuading an audience: ethos, logos, and pathos. Students choose one approach then develop details, examples, and anecdotes to support their reasons.
Planning (W.4.5, W.5.5)
Using a graphic organizer, students plan their introductions, supporting paragraphs, and conclusions.
Writing Powerful Beginnings and Endings (W.4.1a/W.4.1d, W.5.1a/W.5.4d)
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.
Linking Opinions and Reasons (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.
Writing Rough Drafts (W.4.4, W.5.4)
The teacher displays and discusses the format used for letter writing. Using their organizers, good beginnings and endings, linking words, and Winter WOW words thesaurus, students write rough drafts of their letters to the principal.
Editing, Revising, and Finalizing (W.3.5, W.4.5)
Students use an editing checklist for peer editing then revise their writing. Finally, they write their letters on themed snow day stationery.
This product was written for fourth and fifth grade students. It focuses on writing five-paragraph persuasive letters.
• five pages of detailed lesson plans
• six student pages (Reasons for a Snow Day, My Reasons, Persuasive Techniques, My Approach, Persuasive Letter Organizer, Beginnings, Endings, Linking Words, and Writing a Letter)
• two modeling sheets
• a mini thesaurus designed especially for this activity
• snow day stationery
• peer editing sheet
• comprehensive rubric.
This product is also available in a simpler one-paragraph format: Winter Writing: Snow Day!
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 another five-paragraph persuasive piece? Check out Persuasive Writing: You Should Try It!
For weekly ideas, activities, links, and freebies, check out my blog, Enjoy Teaching