Contact Author Persuasive writing is an important skill for students to learn.
Many Scholastic news articles are perfect to use because they are short, and for the most part have a structure that is similar to how I want my students to write. The articles often include: Mint should stop making pennies.
Once students read the article about pennies, they were ready to form an opinion. After discussing the pros and cons with partners, the class took sides. With students divided into two groups, they took part in a spirited Visible Thinking debate called Tug of War.
After hearing many of their classmates voice their reasoning for keeping or retiring the penny, the students were ready to get started putting their thoughts on paper. Using the name of a popular cookie is a mnemonic device that helps my students remember the structural order their paragraphs need to take: Opinion, Reason, Example, Opinion.
Because this was our first foray into example writing, we worked through the organizer together. My students did pretty well with the initial organizer and we used it again to plan out opinion pieces on whether sledding should be banned in city parks.
The organizers made putting their thoughts into a clear paragraph with supporting reasons and examples very easy for most students.
With each practice we did, my students got stronger and I introduced different organizers to help them and to keep interest high. Giving each student one sandwich cookie to munch on while they worked on these organizers helped keep them excited about the whole process. After we worked our way through several of the Scholastic News opinion pieces, my third graders also thought of issues pertinent to their own lives and school experiences they wanted to write about, including: Should birthday treats and bagel sales be banned at school?
Should all peanut products be banned? Should we be allowed to download our own apps on the iPads the school gave us? As we continued to practice, different organizers were introduced. Those are shown below.
Simply click on each image to download and print your own copy. The organizer below is my favorite to use once the students are more familiar with the structure of opinion paragraphs. It establishes the structure, but also helps students remember to use opinion-based sentence starters along with transition words.
Below is a simple organizer some of my students can also choose to use. Other Resources I Have Used Scholastic offers many different resources for helping your students become better with their opinion writing, or for younger writers, understanding the difference between fact and opinion.
A great one to have in your classroom is:Persuasive Writing Third Grade Writing Lessons and Prompts Persuasive Writing Prompts with Fiction A Dollar a Day (Grades ) Eating Through the Week (Grades ) Time to Learn (Grades ) Pine Cones for the Birds (Grades ) Persuasive Writing Books It's Father's Day!
(Grades ). Nov 13, · Persuasive Essay and Speech Topics By: Mr. Morton Whether you are a student in need of a persuasive essay topic, or a teacher looking to assign a persuasive essay, this list of persuasive essay topics is a great resource.I taxed my brain to create this huge list of persuasive essay topics relevant to today’s society, but I believe it was worth the effort.
Apr 05, · Persuasive writing is an important skill for students to learn, but you need age appropriate things for kids to write about. Here are a few prompts that are good for third Reviews: 1. 3rd Grade Writing Prompts These 3rd-grade writing prompts (or third grade essay topics) are written for students in grade three.
They are free to use under a Creative Commons License. Opinion / Persuasive Writing Prompts One of the most common writing modes is called persuasive or opinion writing.
Here the author tries to convince the reader to adopt the author’s point of view through the use of reasoning and well-organized data. In addition to this list of persuasive writing prompts, there are also some brief writing instructions to share with your students on how to write persuasively.
If your students need a little extra help developing and refining their persuasive writing skill, be sure to encourage them to follow the 5 persuasive writing guidelines outlined below.