I am using parts of the lesson: http://www.readwritethink.org/lesson...ndly.asp?id=56
I also like the graphic organizers from this site:
The region folks have the transitional words built into the graphic organizer.
I am starting out by asking if they have ever tried to convince someone to their way of thinking.
Do they know what another word for convince is? (persuade)
I have made a T chart that says "Between a cat and a dog, a dog is the better pet." with agree and disagree on either side of the T.
The students will write their name on a post it and place it under their opinion. We will talk about opinions.
I will teach them about public voice (since this is a criteria on the rubric). We need to take into consideration, other people's concerns and opinions when trying to persuade.
I have another poster prepared with "Woof, Woof!" and "Meow, Meow!" on it to brainstorm the best qualities about both animals.I will ask them , when you get home from work/school, which sound would you prefer to hear? They'll think/pair/share their idea and get a group consensus. They'll report out. I will scribe.
Then we'll go into the prompt. The cat lovers will need to convince the dog lovers that a cat makes a better pet. The dog lovers will need to convince the cat lovers that the dog is the better pet.
We will start with our hook and follow the steps on the attached steps to writing a persuasive piece. The Read Write and Think online Persuasion Map is going to be a great vehicle.
I am using the powerpoint from Read Write Think www.readwritethink.org/lesson_images/.../persuasive_strategies.pps
to teach ways to appeal to the reader in order to persuade.
One of our sixth grade teachers provided much of the information I used for the attached "posters."
I'm starting on Tuesday. I'll be back to report how it went and my next steps.