Mint should stop making pennies. Once students read the article about pennies, they were ready to form an opinion. After discussing the pros and cons with partners, the class took sides. With students divided into two groups, they took part in a spirited Visible Thinking debate called Tug of War. After hearing many of their classmates voice their reasoning for keeping or retiring the penny, the students were ready to get started putting their thoughts on paper.
Using the name of a popular cookie is a mnemonic device that helps my students remember the structural order their paragraphs need to take: O pinion, R eason, E xample, O pinion.
My students did pretty well with the initial organizer and we used it again to plan out opinion pieces on whether sledding should be banned in city parks. Once students had planned out two different opinions, they selected one to turn into a full paragraph in their writer's notebooks.
The organizers made putting their thoughts into a clear paragraph with supporting reasons and examples very easy for most students. With each practice we did, my students got stronger and I introduced different organizers to help them and to keep interest high. Giving each student one sandwich cookie to munch on while they worked on these organizers helped keep them excited about the whole process. After we worked our way through several of the Scholastic News opinion pieces, my third graders also thought of issues pertinent to their own lives and school experiences they wanted to write about, including:.
As we continued to practice, different organizers were introduced. Those are shown below. Simply click on each image to download and print your own copy. The organizer below is my favorite to use once the students are more familiar with the structure of opinion paragraphs. It establishes the structure, but also helps students remember to use opinion-based sentence starters along with transition words.
Below is a simple organizer some of my students can also choose to use. Scholastic offers many different resources for helping your students become better with their opinion writing, or for younger writers, understanding the difference between fact and opinion.
A great one to have in your classroom is: Click on the images below to download and print. There are many more sheets like these in Scholastic Teachables. I'd love to connect with you on Twitter and Pinterest! Other teachers in my building use the resources for their grade level as well. They make them for grades Help young writers organize their thoughts to focus on the topic at hand with these easy-to-use graphic organizers for personal narratives.
Use this end-of-year checklist to make the start of next year your easiest, most organized one yet. List Name Delete from selected List. Before your students use this tool independently, model its use for them. Can You Convince Me? Through a classroom game and resource handouts, students learn about the techniques used in persuasive oral arguments and apply them to independent persuasive writing activities.
Writing Effective Letters to the Editor. Students use persuasive writing and an understanding of the characteristics of letters to the editor to compose effective letters to the editor on topics of interest to them. 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.
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 and examples. How can we convince others to agree with us on important issues?
In this lesson, students explore relevant environmental issues and gather information to write persuasive essays. 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 3 — 12 Printout Type Graphic Organizer. Propaganda is a form of persuasion that uses deceptive language to exaggerate, distort, or conceal information. As an additional follow-up, students can view and read advertisements, newspaper editorials, and other text that contain propaganda to search for use of the examples on the class list and to add additional ones. Have students complete two maps based on the same goal but with two different targeted audiences in mind. Attention to audience is an essential element of effective persuasion.
PERSUASIVE WRITING PLAN Persuasive Essay: Graphic Organizer Name: Pick an essay topic that is important to you. State your opinion clearly, giving your reasons with two to three supporting facts. Use this plan to prepare the content of your essay. ©francesa.gasuasion Writing Plan3 Reasons.
Persuasive Essay Outline Possible Structure Notes,Comments and Ideas Introduction "Hook" Introduce the Issue. State your position clearly. Transition to the essay body. Body Pro Reason 1 Supporting Evidence (Highlight evidence, give statistics or share a personal Graphic Organizer: Persuasive Essay Plan ©francesa.gaphic.
Persuasive Writing Graphic Organizer -Paragraph #1 – Introduction Attention-grabbing beginning - Description of issue - Opinion Statement -. Persuasion Map 1. 2. 3. Goal or Thesis: Conclusion: 1a. 1b. 1c. 2a. 2b. 2c. 3a. 3b. 3c. Goal or Thesis: A goal or thesis is a statement that describes one side of an.
PERSUASIVE WRITING GRAPHIC ORGANIZER Name: _____ Date: _____ Topic: Opening Sentences: Transition Word or Phrase. 1 Argumentative Writing: Graphic Organizer 1. As in any essay, the first paragraph of your argumentative essay should contain a brief explanation.