I’m here to share with you PART 1 of our Christmas Persuasive Writing Project: “The Mini-Lesson, Brainstorming and Writing.”
As you can see, we are knee deep in the trenches, but not without a holiday twist to keep my little merry children on their toes and engaged! We have been working on our persuasive unit and are finishing it up by the end of this week. You can read more HERE about the start of our persuasive unit, and how I pre-assessed my kids to see where they’re at with all things persuasive writing.
In the last post, I briefly mentioned how I incorporated some persuasive techniques like logos and rebuttal. This time around, we incorporated all six of the strategies included in my Christmas Persuasive Writing Pack.
We started slow by just talking about each of the techniques.
First, we got together as a class and went over the anchor charts (that are included in the pack). It was a pretty quick mini-lesson to get their brains thinking about these concepts. I then gave them the homework of looking for more examples of these persuasive techniques in the media. That way they could come back the next day and we could discuss the techniques with a better understanding.
Oh my goodness, they went to TOWN with this! Being that my kids are obsessed with athletes and celebrities, AND that commercials are saturated with athletes and celebrities, they had an easy time with it.
To help supplement my teaching, and to keep us from straying off course too much, I created this quick little PDF presentation of pictures and teaching prompts to guide our lesson on persuasive techniques. The pictures you see below are part of the PDF presentation, and you can grab them in a PDF format to help supplement your teaching by clicking HERE.
The next day, we started with the first slide of the presentation. We got the anchor charts back out and took notes on the techniques in our writing workshop notebooks. We broke them down into “kid language” definitions, and I had the students brainstorm examples of each of the techniques on their own before we got together to share.
Students then shared their ideas with classmates and jotted down new ideas that they hadn’t thought of themselves.
The prompts can be printed in a fun, festive color or in black and white strips. I printed a set of prompts for each table so that they could take the chance to read the prompts and pick one they liked.
Next, we jumped right into writing topic sentences, transitions, and all those amazing supporting details that make up a fabulous paragraph!
Click HERE for PART 2 to see the SUPER ADORABLE published pieces!