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I'm looking for a book to read to my class to show an author's purpose is to persuade. Any ideas? TIA!


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Old 01-30-2010, 11:02 AM
 
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The only book that comes to my mind is a picture book called I Wanna Iguana. It has a little boy and his mom writing letters back and forth to each other. The boy is trying to persuade his mom to let him have a pet iguana. I don't know if that will help or not, but it is a cute book and may get the kids to see persuasion. I know it really isn't persuasion straight from the author. Perhaps you'll receive other ideas and can use this as an extension to your lessons.
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I read the 2nd chapter (I think it was that one) of Tom Sawyer to my class--where he persuades all his friends to whitewash the fence for him! It's want of the best persuading chapters I've read.
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Try Dear Mrs. Larue....there are a couple books in this series...picture books about a dog named Ike trying to persuade his/her owner to do what he wants. It's cute....my classes enjoyed it. Then they wrote persuasive letters from one point of view to another...for example: a fish to a fisherman, a tree to a leaf, a mouse to a cat, etc...I saw this on the writing fix site under word choice or voice....It was successful!

Not so much on the author's purpose, but a good intro to the skill.
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Thanks for all of your good ideas! I knew I could count on this site! :-)


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Old 01-30-2010, 03:32 PM
 
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Here are a some picture book ideas:
Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg
The Wump World by Bill Peet
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Many nonfiction books and articles (something from Time For Kids for example) are written to persuade the reader to: conserve energy, get involved in saving endangered species, to exercise and make healthy food choices, etc.

I've used the books the pp mentioned
I Wanna an Iguana by Karen Kaufman
Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School by Mark Teague
to teach persuasive writing which . . . would of course tie into teaching author's purpose in reading.
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A couple more...
Old 01-30-2010, 06:00 PM
 
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My Brother Dan's Delicious... convincing a "monster" to eat the big brother

Earrings!... girl convincing parents to her get her ears pierced
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Old 01-30-2010, 07:13 PM
 
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I agree with My Brother Dan's Delicious. It is convincing and humorous. The kids enjoy it.
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Persuasive
Old 02-04-2010, 04:48 PM
 
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I also used the True story of the three little pigs by Scheskie to show point of view persuasion & Click Clack Moo for presuasive tactics ...good luck
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