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Transcript of Persuasive Writing
Types of Persuasive Writing
Forms of Persuasive Writing are all around us!
Radio announcer telling you why you should keep listening to his station
A commercial advertising a product on the television
A magazine article on your favorite rock star
The President of the United States giving the State of the Union address
Components of Persuasive Writing
Writers use a
to grab readers' attention
Writers state a
Writers support their viewpoint with
facts, examples, and other evidence
Writers address alternative positions and refute
Writers conclude with a
summary of their argument and an appeal to readers
Activity to find Persuasive Writing...
Based on Reason
People make logical generalizations and draw cause-and-effect generalization, whether that be from facts or from strong possibilities.
Appeal to Character
We can be persuaded by what another person recommends if we trust that person. Does the persuader have the expertise or personal experience necessary to endorse a product?
3 Ways to Persuade
We support or reject arguments according to our feelings about what is ethical and socially responsible. Fear and the need for peer acceptance also influence opinions and beliefs.
You just got hired at Lodewick Visitors Center to be a tour guide for Uconn! On your first tour there is one student who is deciding between attending Uconn or Harvard next year. Your boss asks you to write him a letter to convince him to choose Uconn! Write a persuasive letter, think about the type of appeal you will use!
Strategies in Practice
Here are some ways you can help your students master persuasive writing
Have students listen to and analyze various persuasive speeches and writings in the media looking for words, phrases, and techniques that are designed to persuade.
Challenge students to address what people currently believe about an issue so that they can convince them to change through counterarguments. Have them interview 5–10 people (with varying perspectives) about their current beliefs on an issue and create a graph to see patterns in people’s arguments.
Find authentic opportunities for students to write persuasive letters to family or community, speeches, classified advertisements, and other persuasive pieces. After a unit on recycling, for example, students could write a persuasive letter to their families to convince them to recycle more. Or students might write to their school librarian and try to convince him or her to purchase something in particular for the library.
A combination of drawing and writing is used to state a position on persuasive posters.
From the book, persuasive posters can be an activity following a read aloud. After reading Mercer Mayer's
Liverwurst is Missing
, a fourth grade student created a lost-and-found poster, that tears at your heart strings.
For Elementary Grades
Start out by reading the
book I Wanna Iguana. Talk about the reasons Alex used to persuade his mom to let him have the iguana. Then discuss whether or not those were valid reasons.
Next, have students think of a pet that they would like to have, and create a circle map giving all the reasons why their parents should let them
have this pet.
What is it?
Persuasive Writing presents an argument, and when it is effective, writers are convincing, swaying readers to their viewpoint or to take action!
Students write persuasive essays in which they argue on topics they have strong beliefs and opinions about.
An argument has a beginning, middle, and end.
Hook your readers
3 or more pieces of evidence to support view (common sense, facts, personal experience, expert opinions, quotes). Good writers use transitions between paragraphs with cue words, first, second, finally, however.
Writers lead readers to agree with their belief or to take action with a personal appeal, a prediction, or a summary of their arguments.
Students write letters to persuade family members and friends. They write letters to their local newspaper. They write letters as they respond to book that they are reading.
Persuasive Writing and Other Genres
Like expository texts, good persuasive writing contains facts/information
Like a personal narrative, persuasive writing may contain personal experiences.
Information, opinions, and perspectives come together with the purpose of making an argument