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Help your students learn the art of persuasive writing with this short story where a student is trying to convince his principal that school is July would be a bad idea! After reading the story, students answer questions about what the writing piece.

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Writing to Persuade in 10 Steps

Teaching kids several ways to "hook" readers is one of the great strategies found on this blog post: Writing to Persuade...Ten Steps

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What a wonderful world persuasion is! In this FREE lesson, students will get familiar with Aristotle's three rhetorical appeals for persuasion- Logos, Ethos, and Pathos. With an informational activity sheet, along with a *Sell Me This Pen* worksheet, students will find current examples of an ancient concept in modern commercials, as well as state their own case by selling an item they carry with them every day!

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FREE - Lesson handout/guided notes, based on a TED talk, to help secondary students understand what the difference is between argumentative and persuasive writing!

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Christmas in the {Computer} Classroom

A fun way to teach or practice writing persuasive essays during the month of December! Students have to convince Santa if they have been naughty or nice! Easy paragraph is outlined step-by-step and this pack includes a brainstorming sheet, Christmas writi

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Opinion Writing Mentor Texts in First Grade: What is the Best Food?

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This anchor chart activity is an example of critical literacy in the classroom. Here, students will learn how to critically analyze texts, more specifically, what the author is trying to say. This activity will help students understand that different texts portray different messages and as an audience we must be critical the meaning or purpose of these texts. These skills also apply to media literacy as media messages are always intended at a specific audience and may not always be accurate.

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