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Old 10-11-2011, 05:43 PM
 
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Hey there,
I'm about to start my Persuasive Writing Unit...I was wondering what types of things work for you? I have 6 weeks to do several pieces, one including a friendly or business letter. I did see the O.R.E.O. strategy but I'm a little confused about the difference between the "R" and the "E." I'm thinking along the lines of having the students write a letter to the principal about getting a new lunch program...We do wear uniforms but I may do one about changing the uniforms....Any persuasive writing prompts or ideas is greatly appreciated! Thanks!!


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1) Pluto trying to persuade the other planets to allow it back into the solar system (or persuade the Milky Way galaxy...whatever)

2) Persuade the city council to build a new park/playground for the children in the city...

3) A turkey around Thanksgiving trying to persuade consumers not to eat them...

We also do some that are Halloween related:
--Black cat trying to convince children not to be afraid of them.

--Pieces of Halloween candy trying to convince the owners of the candy factory not to make them in scary shapes.

--Apples pleading for party-goers not to play Bob-for-Apples.

--Pumpkins trying to persuade families not to carve them into mean faces
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:36 AM
 
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I do a parent letter.

I have the kids write something they want to do on a sheet of paper. i.e. Paint their room neon orange. I then have the parents list on the paper all the reasons they kids cannot do the activity. The kids bring the list to class and their job is to write a letter to their parents persuading them to allow them to do the activity.
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My kids write persuasive letters to a family member each year asking for a thing or a privilege (such as staying up later or playing a sport). I do it in time for the December holidays, so they could give it to their parents/grandparents/etc prior. They write 5 paragraphs:

P1-->introduction, niceties, topic sentence about what they want
P2-->One reason why they should get it and support
P3-->2nd reason and support
P4-->3rd reason and support
P5-->conclusion and final convincing sentence

I give the kids nice stationery to write their final copies on and they put them in envelopes.
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Old 10-15-2011, 06:18 AM
 
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Oh my gosh, those prompts are hilarious. I love the Pluto one! I'm going to use a few of your Halloween ideas, too.


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A fun start!
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Last year I started my lessons with "Would you rather ..." questions from our game. The students would move back and forth from one side of the room to the other depending on their response. On their own, they began to work to convince other students to change their opinions.

Questions were similar to these: Would you rather
.....be the circus person that they throw the knives at or the person that puts their head in the lion's mouth?

.....sing every word you speak or speak in rhymes?

.....never play or always lose?

.....be homeless or live without family and friends?

.....be blind or deaf?

I realize that the last topics are not funny topics and they were taken seriously by my students. In in fact, the topic previous to it, never play or always lose, had a passionate discussion, because our local football team has not won a game in seven years!

If you don't have the game, you can google appropriate/good "Would You Rather" questions. It helped my students do some quick thinking on their feet and learn about putting some emotions and facts into their persuasions. This was just the attention grabber for my persuasion unit. I do it for about four or five lessons.
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Here's a site
Old 10-15-2011, 05:07 PM
 
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with a few ideas on Persuasive Writing, plus check out this page from my class wiki which contains lots of links on that topic.
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