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In persuasive / opinion writing the writer presents his or her opinion and tries to convince the reader to agree. Here are a variety of resources to help students write effective persuasive essays.
Persuasive Writing Unit Plan
Students learn how to "argue on paper" using a fictional case about a school dress code rule against band t-shirts.
Dear Librarian: Writing a Persuasive Letter
Students write persuasive letters to their librarian requesting that specific texts be added to the school library. As they work, students plan their arguments and outline their reasons.
Who Cares? (ppt)
A powerpoint mini lesson from Great Source iWrite on Persuasive Writing. (Note: This file may automatically go to your downloads folder.)
Creating a Persuasive Podcast
Students learn how to get their voice out on the web when they research issues important to them and compose a persuasive podcast.
Vote for Me!
This lesson encourages students to think critically and write persuasively by preparing, presenting, and evaluating mock campaign speeches.
Great Source iWrite
Tools for guiding your students through the process of writing persuasive essays.
Strategy Guide: Persuasive Writing
This strategy guide focuses on persuasive writing and offers specific methods on how you can help your students use it to improve their critical writing and thinking skills.
Persuasion Map Planning Sheet (pdf)
This printable sheet guides students in mapping out their thesis, main reasons, examples, and conclusion for a persuasive writing assignment.
Persuasive Letter Rubric (pdf)
Use this rubric to assess the thesis, reasons, conclusion, organization, word choice, and conventions of students' persuasive letters.
Can you Convince Me?
Children learn how to make a convincing argument—an important skill in school and in life.
Make a Point! (pdf)
This worksheet helps students organize their ideas before writing a persuasive argument.
Use this tool to map out your argument for a persuasive essay or debate.