Lesson plans and teaching resources
Are You My Mother? An Opinion Writing Unit
This 5-lesson unit uses the Langston Hughes poem "Mother to Son" and a portrait to emphasize facts and opinions. Includes writing task. Designed for grade 2.
Can You Convince Me? Developing Persuasive Writing
A classroom game introduces students to the basic concepts of lobbying for something that is important to them (or that they want) and making persuasive arguments. Students then choose their own persuasive piece to analyze and learn some of the definitions associated with persuasive writing. Once students become aware of the techniques used in oral arguments, they then apply them to independent persuasive writing activities. Designed for grades 3-5.
Dear Librarian: Writing a Persuasive Letter
Students write to their school librarian, requesting that a specific text be added to the school library collection. This learning activity is designed for grades 3-5.
Decoding text types: One of these things is not like the others
This blog explains the difference between opinion writing, persuasive writing, and argument.
Fact and Opinion
Six activities to help second graders learn the difference between fact and opinion.
Making an Argument: Effective use of Transition Words
Students explore and understand the use of transition words in context and write their own persuasive essay using transition words. Includes printable handout. This lesson is designed for grades 5-8.
A complete unit for second grade.
Writing Workshop: Persuasive Writing
Designed for grades 3-5, this online lesson emphasizes using transitional words and including supporting examples.
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