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Persuasive Writing Assignment Grade 6

It consists of 11 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

An independent writing task, which may couple as an assessment task, is included in the unit. The number of lessons required to complete this task may vary from class to class.

Overview

Objectives

  • To introduce the genre of persuasion.
  • To identify and explore the structure of persuasive texts.
  • To identify and explore the language features of persuasive texts.
  • To identify and explore persuasive devices.
  • To identify and use correct paragraph structure.
  • To improve a persuasive text by applying knowledge of persuasive language features and devices.
  • To write a persuasive letter using appropriate text structure, language features and devices.
  • To learn and apply proofreading and editing skills.
  • To research evidence to include in a persuasive speech about a topical issue.
  • To construct a persuasive speech using appropriate text structure, language features and devices.
  • To present a persuasive speech to the class using appropriate oral presentation skills.

Preparing for Learning

Persuasive writing provides excellent opportunities for cross-curricular integration. Look for ways to meaningfully integrate persuasive writing with other learning areas e.g. Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Technology.

Prior to commencing the unit, develop a persuasive writing wall in the classroom. Display texts, vocabulary and posters that will stimulate the students’ interest and assist in their learning throughout the unit. For examples of teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Persuasive Writing categoryon the Teach Starter website.

Expose the students to a variety of persuasive texts before and during the unit. Read and view persuasive texts such as letters to the editor, advertisements and campaign speeches. Provide the students with opportunities to read and respond to short persuasive texts. For examples of persuasive comprehension teaching resources, browse the Comprehension Texts categoryon the Teach Starter website.

Some of the resources which accompany this unit plan will need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, it is advised that teachers browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.

Lessons

Resources

Lesson Plans

Student Interactives

Mobile Apps

Calendar Activities

Printouts

Strategy Guides

Activities & Projects

 

LESSON PLANS

Grades   7 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Picture This: Combining Infographics and Argumentative Writing

After researching topics that the students have chosen, students write argumentative essays. Then, using Piktochart, students create their own infographics to illustrate their research.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Persuading the Principal: Writing Persuasive Letters About School Issues

Students learn that you don't have to raise your voice to raise a point. Writing a persuasive letter to your principal is a great way to get your opinions heard.

 

Grades   4 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Vote for Me! Developing, Writing, and Evaluating Persuasive Speeches

This lesson encourages students in grades 4 and 5 to think critically and write persuasively by focusing on preparing, presenting, and evaluating mock campaign speeches.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Developing Persuasive Arguments through Ethical Inquiry: Two Prewriting Strategies

In this lesson, students use focused prewriting strategies to explore content and ethical issues related to a persuasive assignment.

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Persuasion Map

The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.

 

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MOBILE APPS

Grades   3 – 8  |  Mobile App  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Trading Cards

Invigorate students' writing with an interactive tool that allows them to demonstrate their comprehension using a mobile app.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Mobile App  |  Writing Poetry

Word Mover

Word Mover allows children and teens to create "found poetry" by choosing from word banks and existing famous works; additionally, users can add new words to create a piece of poetry by moving/manipulating the text.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   1 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 13

The Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden was dedicated on October 13, 1995.

Students select characters that they believe are the most memorable from Cleary's books and write short persuasive essays to explain their choices.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 19

Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address in 1863.

Students practice the Pre-AP strategy called SOAPSTone, identifying important parts of the Gettysburg Address and comparing it with John F. Kennedy's inaugural speech.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 12

On this date in 1901, Andrew Carnegie gave $5.2 million to New York City libraries.

Students write expository and persuasive pieces with the help of the Persuasion Map and Essay Map interactives, and compare the essential features of the two modes of writing.

 

Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 7

Write letters that make things happen!

In a small group or as individuals, students write letters related to a unit of study or particular topic they have studied.

 

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PRINTOUTS

Grades   6 – 12  |  Printout  |  Assessment Tool

Persuasion Rubric

Use this rubric to assess the effectiveness of a student's essay, speech, poster, or any type of assignment that incorporates persuasion.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer

Persuasion Map

Use this graphic organizer to develop a persuasive stance for an essay, speech, poster, or any type of assignment that incorporates persuasion.

 

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STRATEGY GUIDES

Grades   K – 5  |  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.

 

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ACTIVITIES & PROJECTS

Grades   3 – 5  |  Activity & Project

Can You Convince Me?

Children learn how to make a convincing argument—an important skill in school and in life.

 

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