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8th Grade Idea Needed for Persuasive Writing
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This is my first year teaching 8th grade English. I taught first grade before this year; therefore, I was hoping anyone had advice on how, ideas to do, or printables etc... for persuasive writing.


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I just did a persuasive letter writing activity with my 8th graders, I've attached it, hope it helps. We talk about persuading others and what that means before we write about it. It's based on an assignment from Caught 'Ya Grammar...Giggles in the Middle
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Old 10-28-2011, 08:10 PM
 
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Here's a graphic organizer I created to help my students with their persuasive essay.
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Hi,

Several topics that I have found as "hot buttons" for my 8th graders include: whether or not the mayor should institute a curfew for teens; why school uniforms are a good or bad idea; whether you agree or disagree with medical animal testing. Another good persuasive group activity is something I call "Selling Ice to Eskimos." I give the students a list of weird random items and make the students write convincing ads to sell the items to a group of people who would never normally need them. You will be amazed at what they can come up with! For example: why would a group of hard-core Harley Davidson riders want/need to buy bobby pins...
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dedication2ed - I like the crazy out there explanations. It sounds like fun and really engages the studetnts' creative side. In the past, I have done the 5 paragraph approach. Intro, 2 best point, worst point/possible concession, best point, and conclusion. To be fair, this is for more serious or formal persuasion. It would be wise to make sure students have a good grasp of the idea of persuasion first. The idea of having them talk through persuasion is really beneficial.


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Old 10-31-2011, 03:31 AM
 
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that I have compiled at my teacher page for student use; I would recommend the Pet Peeves idea as I've seen lots of success with that in the past.

Also, check this post for more ideas plus links to some books you could use in class with your eighth graders.
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