Friday, June 1, 2012

Persuasive Writing

I made a solid effort to sneak in persuasive writing before the year ended. My kids LOVED it!! I gathered some awesome picture books to show author examples, modeled, and whipped up some snazzy charts. I think that next year I will review letter writing and then jump right into persuasive writing. They just go together so well. I'll have to say that the Common Core looks highly on persuasive writing so I want to do it up right! :)

Here were a few of my favorite books. They were great! Super funny, with beautiful illustrations, they would make wonderful additions to any classroom library. My kids were CRAZY for the I Wanna books! I think I'll put a twist on my LaRue books next year to mesh with elections. Never too soon to plan ahead!! :) Now, I just have to not forget. hehe! I have to say I get so many wonderful ideas from all the wonderful blogs and the awesome Pinteresters that I need to get better at writing all the awesome ideas down on some kind of organized map. Imagine that!! :)

I swear I'm not one big sales pitch but I purchased this Persuasive Writing unit on Teacher's Pay Teachers. It has come in super handy! If you know Jen from Runde's Room than you know she has been blogging a long while. She has some super cool stuff in her store and I can vouch that the Persuasuve Writing unit is wonderful. 
If you want to jump over and check out Runde's Room she just recently posted about a Daily 5 book study.  
You know how I LOVE Daily 5!!

Now for the charts I whipped together! I took information from the writing unit, threw in picture book examples, snazzed it all up with my sassy sharpies and......POOF!!

My kids focused on writing letters to people trying to "persuade" them to do, think, buy, etc. Most of them wrote letters to parents that were very similar to the ones in the picture books I read. I see taking things a step further next year when I loop to fourth. I want to see them choosing candidates or issues, then writing to persuade. How cool would that be!?!
I did have a few who wrote a few sentences and would run up to me saying they were done. Go figure!! :) We work on writing during Daily 5 time and I couldn't have my conferences/guided reading interrupted so I broke things down for them.
All in all things went well! I had two girls tag team a letter to convince me to allow them to bring in their cat. I read the letter and planned to respond but they took my not saying no, as a yes. The next day in walks a grandma with a cat. I guess we need to talk a bit more about persuasion and permission! Ha! It was a very nice cat. :) 

Please feel free to comment with other materials, books, and/or tools you use for persuasive writing. I would love to hear from you!


  1. I've missed you! I am so glad you're back!

  2. I love your anchor charts, and I love your blog! So, I've given you the One Lovely Blog Award! Stop by my blog to see all of the details in my latest post!


    Third Grade's A Charm

  3. Thank-you so much!!! I'm so happy to hear that you found some of my ideas useful!
    (btw - this is one girls who LOVES her sharpies, too ... and I think I've passed this addiction on to my students this year).
    I can't WAIT for the Daily 5 and CAFE book study this year - SO excited about implementing them next year!

    Runde's Room

  4. My students love all of the books you mentioned! They also love these books when we are doing persuasive writing: "Hey Little Ant", "Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type", "My Brother Dave is Delicious", and "Have I Got a Book For You".

  5. Fern - I've missed you too!!

    Jackie - Thanks so super duper!! I will get over there very soon and I appreciate your kindness!

    Jen - I LOVE Daily 5! Most importantly my students LOVE it too!! Well worth every cent!

    Thanks for the book recommendations Jennifer! I will have to check those out.

  6. I teach 4th grade and always try to fit persuasive writing in at the beginning of December. We read " How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and then write letters to the Grinch to try to "persuade" him not to steal all the Christmas gifts. My kids love it every year!

  7. What are the names of the books you used during this persuasive writing unit? I cant find the titles anywhere on the blog, even though you mention that you posted them, perhaps im just blind today!!!


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