Some of my FAVORITE books to use during this unit include...
Speaking of perspective, I also have my kids write a persuasive letter to THEMSELVES from an inanimate object. I model doing this using my purse (it tries to persuade me to keep it neater) or my high heels (they try to persuade me to give them a break and wear tennis shoes for a day). With a lot of modeling and brainstorming they really get the hang of this and GO ALL OUT with creative ideas and voice galore!
Some of my other favorite activities in this unit include...
Students create new book covers for one of their favorite books and try to persuade their friends to read the book.
Persuasive Animal Dialogues
Students choose an animal they think would best represent our class and write a persuasive speech on why it should be our mascot. They present these speeches to the class and then the class votes for a mascot!
This unit integrates with our social studies Economics unit for the celebration. Students create products (I require them to make something that only uses PAPER to make it fair for all students) that they will sell at our class store. Then they write commercials to persuade their classmates to buy their products. Before writing these commercials, we watch lots of examples of cereal and toy commercials from the 80s/90s at http://www.retrojunk.com/content/sort/commercial/list/category/1/cereal and discuss persuasion techniques used in them. I film students presenting their commercials individually, create a mini-movie of them and we watch them all together! We then hold our store and students actually purchase products (with Madden Money, of course!) Afterwards, they hold reflections about supply/demand and how their commercials affected their sales.
Find these Persuasive Writing activities at Teacher's Clubhouse.
What are your favorite activities or books to use for teaching persuasive writing?
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All posts in this series:
#1 - Writers' Notebooks
#3 - Publishing
#4 - Friendly Letters
#5 - How-To Writing
#6 - Persuasive Writing