Persuasive Writing
Lesson plans and teaching resources

30 Writing Topics: Persuasion
Topics for a persuasive paragraph, essay, or speech.

"The American Forests" by John Muir
Text of the August 1897 persuasive essay that helped prompt the creation of the U. S. Forest Service, a model of persuasive writing.

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.

Can't Complain? Writing About Pet Peeves
How can students express their complaints in articulate and constructive ways? In this lesson, students read the New York Times "Complaint Box" series and use descriptive and persuasive writing strategies to communicate their own pet peeves succinctly and productively.

Dear Librarian: Writing a Persuasive Letter
Students write to their school librarian, requesting that a specific text be added to the school library collection.

Decoding text types: One of these things is not like the others
This blog explains the difference between opinion writing, persuasive writing, and argument.

Developing Persuasive Writing Strategies
This strategy guide describes the techniques used in effective persuasive writing and shares activities you can use to help students understand and use persuasion in their writing and critical thinking.

Dictionary, Schmictionary
In this WebQuest students evaluate four online dictionaries. They select one to recommend to others. They write a memo to their principal and design posters for peers, using different persuasive strategies for different audiences.

Don't Throw Away that Junk Mail!
Students use old junk mail to identify persuasive techniques used to attract and hold the reader's attention.

Fact and Opinion
Six activities to help second graders learn the difference between fact and opinion.

Good Magazine: Writing Prompt
This activity asks students to consider the ethics and language of good works.

High School Practice Writing Prompts
Persuasive, narrative, and expository prompts. 6 pages; Adobe Reader required.

Logic in Argumentative Writing
This resource covers using logic within writing-- logical vocabulary, logical fallacies, and other types of logos-based reasoning. Follow the links on the left for the complete resource. Part of the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University, this resource is appropriate for high school students and older.

Logical fallacies
Definitions and examples of faulty thinking.

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.

Movie Trailers As Persuasive Texts
This page is a resource for teachers who wish to consider using trailers to teach students about persuasive texts and techniques.

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