Monday, February 25, 2013

Need a little help teaching Persuasive Writing? Plus a FREEBIE!

This year, with the introduction of common core, we were asked to change our persuasive writing unit a bit to include reviews, like book reviews and movie reviews. Really, beginning last year, we were asked to begin writing all of our lessons in a more in-depth, scripted manner. In each lesson of each subject we now include the following:

Active Engagement,
Application, and

It is a lot of work to be so in-depth, but it’s really great once it’s done. A couple of years ago, 3rd grade was fortunate to get smart boards for each of our classrooms. We were so excited that we even enrolled in a two-week class over the summer to get some advanced training. Now we use it for so much, so if you use any of my full-length unit products, you'll see that I include documents that are meant to be viewed on the Smart board in addition to other material. It’s great in writing too!

In writing, I feel there is nothing better than using examples of the very writing techniques you are teaching. All too often, we shake our head in dismay at our writing scores and say, "If they'd only listened more! I told them everything they needed to know to make an excellent score!" In fact, we just don't retain much of what we only learn by hearing. We do so much better if we can involve multiple senses, and visual examples help make all the necessary connections. The Smart board helps us not have to "recreate the wheel" over and over. We save all of our documents to our computers, then upload them to a server that we have organized by grade level and then by subject.

I've think I've gotten off track...the title suggests help with Persuasive Writing.
1."Show" writing examples demonstrating the skills you want your students to emulate.
2. Provide them with a graphic organizer to lay out the plan you want them to shoot for.
3. Teach them to open with their opinion. Include their supporting reasons in the body of their essay, and end by restating their opinion in a passionate way.

I have included this and so much more in my brand new Persuasive - Opinion Writing Unit. This is the Cadillac of Units. Not only are there a month's worth of fully-developed and in-depth lessons; they are SCRIPTED, so even the newest of teachers will feel like a seasoned pro. In many of the lessons, I refer to supporting documents that serve as examples of the skill being taught that day. I've included each supporting document. There are charts, posters, checklists, and more. Click here to get take a look.

Here is a Preview of parts of it, but there was just not enough room to include everything.  There are so many more lessons and supporting documents that shows here, but you can get a good idea.

I have been working on this unit for a very, very long time!  To CELEBRATE its completion,
I am going to give you a little FREEBIE that is actually included in this unit.

Here are the posters I use when I teach my lesson on how to write LEADS.  Click here to download your FREE copy.  Please leave your feedback on TPT and I'd love it if you'd leave a comment here on my blog.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope this was helpful!


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  1. Hi Susan! I found your blog through Manic Mondays. Your persuasive writing unit looks awesome!

    1. Awe, thank you Donna! It is one of my favorites. I am glad you stopped by.

  2. Susan,
    Your website looks great. Glad I found you.
    Pirate Girl's Education Invasion

    1. Hi Merinda,
      I'm glad you found me too!:-) Glad you stopped by for a visit!
      - Susan

  3. Thank you so much for the writing freebie. Writing is my favorite subject to teach, so I will definitely use this with my class. I found your blog through Maniac Mondays and I'm your newest follower :)

  4. You are very welcome Breanne! I love Writing too! I am glad you are now a follower. More helpful info and FREEBIES to come! Thanks for your comment.


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