Would you like to improve your students’ persuasive writing? Just move them through these four steps: structure, ideas, sentences, and words. In this professional development video, master teacher Brenda Kovich
discusses how this works in her fourth grade classroom.
The beginning of the video explains steps for pulling lively paragraphs out of third and fourth grade kids:
1. Start with a strong structure (opinion-reason-reason-reason-opinion).
2. Add ideas to fill in the gaps and elaborate.
3. Improve voice by shaking up sentences.
4. Get specific with word choice.
The second part models the writing process as Brenda writes and edits a paragraph for you.
In this video, you get to peek inside the classroom (and head!) of a veteran teacher. It provides a springboard to your growth as a writer and teacher of writers. And hopefully, it will encourage you to model writing for your students – by composing and editing right before their eyes.
You will also receive seven templates to use for any persuasive writing. Five pages help students plan structure, ideas, sentences, words, and transitions. One allows students to revise and edit their work with a peer and/or independently. A handy rubric allows you to check work with clear, connected criteria.
Related Persuasive Writing Activities:
• Characters from Myths - Writing Opinion and Persuasive Paragraphs
• Characters from Literature - Writing Opinion and Persuasive Paragraphs
• Snow Day! - Writing a Persuasive Paragraph
• Groundhog Day - Writing a Persuasive Paragraph
• The National Anthem - Writing Persuasive Paragraphs
Additional Writing Video:
• Video, Handouts, and Posters to Model Building a Better Paragraph