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Activity Plan on Effective Persuasive Writing
Written by Kelly Quintero

Aim: To discuss the characteristics of effective persuasive writing.

Motivation: If you wanted to convince your parents to let you do something out of the ordinary, what type of language would you use? Why?

Presentation: Review elements of persuasion (select a student to record these on the board or chart paper).

  • Authoritative voice - forceful word choices
  • Acknowledging the opposing view
  • Providing specific examples and supporting details
  • Citing respectable sources from a wide range of fields
  • Using recent and relevant data
Guided practice: Assignment: Write a brief memo convincing the library to assess or remove a specific text from its recommended college-bound reading list.

Students will use Inspiration™ software to brainstorm ideas for persuasive essays.

They will web pros and cons, as well as specific examples and supporting details.

They will cut and paste their webs and/or drafts of their work into Microsoft WORD™ and generate a first draft.

They will share their webs and/or drafts with the class for feedback.

Closure: How do effective writers persuade their audiences to adopt a specific point of view?

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