You Should Try It! | Five-Paragraph Persuasive Essay | Argumentative Writing

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4th - 5th, Homeschool
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Fourth or fifth grade students persuade others to try their favorite activity. They follow a clear step-by-step process with corresponding modeling and organizers. Writing persuasive five-paragraph essays becomes fun and easy. You should try it!

To support classroom, hybrid, or distance learning, this prompt is now available as a printable PDF, forced Google Slides, and interactive Easel Activities.

Complete lesson plans offer three-, five-, or ten-day options. Open the preview to see all parts of the unit.

Part One – Reviewing Structure and Strategies of Argumentative Texts

The class discusses structures and strategies necessary for an effective five-paragraph opinion piece and study an exemplar.

Part Two – Choosing a Topic

Each student lists five to ten potential topics. Then they use criteria to determine which would be best to use.

Part Three – Building a Case

After listing, eliminating, and combining supportive reasons, students view a sample persuasive writing organizer and complete their own.

Part Four – Writing Powerful Beginnings and Endings

The teacher models powerful beginnings and endings with examples. Each student writes a variety of parallel beginnings and endings and selects the best choices for his/her composition.

Part Five – Linking Opinions and Reasons

Students may review lists of words showing similarity, difference, cause/effect, examples, sequence, and conclusion or generate their own using a blank sheet.

Part Six – Writing Rough Drafts

After reviewing criteria and examining a sample introduction, students compose their five-paragraph essays.

Part Seven – Revising, Editing, and Finalizing

Students edit their own persuasive writing using a self-check sheet then switch with a partner and conduct a peer review.

This product includes four pages of detailed lesson plans, eleven student pages (Choosing a Topic, Reasons to Try It, Persuasive Essay Organizer, Powerful Beginnings, Powerful Endings, Linking Words, Self-Check, and Peer Assessment), eight modeling sheets, a sample essay, and a comprehensive rubric.

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33 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.
Link opinion and reasons using words and phrases (e.g., for instance, in order to, in addition).
Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details.
Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer’s purpose.
Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.


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