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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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I'm committed to continual improvement. This resource was updated on December 12, 2020.