Challenge students to "Convince the reader to want to buy your clothes." Have your students combine all of their writing pieces in one document to create a class catalogue.
Without the foundation, the persuasive writing your students will do will be flat and uninteresting.
The foundation that we stress in our persuasive writing is as follows: We demonstrate for our workshops participants various mini-lessons on style, perspective, and passion.
We hope you find our workshop's resources useful, even if you're not taking our inservice class.
Interested in NNWP inservice classes: Check out their Fall & Spring on-line schedules. First of all, here in Nevada, the state writing test for eleventh graders must be passed by every student planning to graduate, and the prompts given to our juniors can be either expository or persuasive.
We believe persuasive writing is a type of writing that can be practiced in every curriculum area, and we believe with repeated exposure to persuasive writing tasks that our students will be that much more prepared for their high school writing tests.
Our new inservice workshop was designed to help teacher participants design thoughtful persuasive writing lessons that would engage students to use their written voices when writing in all curriculum areas. In exchange for this book, teacher participants propose an original lesson that we consider posting on this page.
Challenge students to "Convince your reader to want to visit the location by writing about it so well." Find several content-appropriate columns by these two writers, both of who have strong opinions about contemporary topics. Analyze the stylistic elements in the writing and challenge your students to "try on" these styles the next time they do a quick-write.
When it is time to write something persuasive, challenge your students to remember Pitts and Reilly's styles. NNWP Consultant, Karen Mc Gee, says that you can't teach a student to have voice; the best you can as a teacher is give your students lots of opportunities to "try on the voices of others." This makes sense.
Below, you will find several original lessons that were proposed by class participants who are now enjoying their personal copies of Barry and Gretchen's book. We have four left-over copies of this text from our last class session. To persuade through writing, students need to analyze how they successfully convince others through speaking, then combine those skills with solid writing instruction.
If a teacher uses one of the three templates below to write-up a mentor text-inspired lesson that we can feature here on this page, we will send you one of our left-over copies. Lessons or inquiries can be directed to this e-mail: [email protected] invite you to freely use this page's resources in your own classrooms, and ask that, if you are sharing these materials with fellow colleagues, you visit our permissions page to make sure you are not infringing on our copyright. What we've learned is that there must be a strong foundation of other writing skills in place before asking students to write something persuasive.