This writing unit will help you scaffold the structural components of an persuasive essay and facilitate your students to write persuasively on given topics.
There are four lessons that will scaffold writing at every stage of the persuasive essay on a given topic. Each lesson features a booklet cover. All the individual lessons can also be combined into one whole booklet with a general cover.
1. Posters on Persuasive Writing x 3: definition, key points, structure
2. Sample Text: All lessons revolve around this sample text. Students will colour code the parts of the text as the lessons are delivered.
3. Sample Text: targeting differentiation for higher ability students
4. Mini Lessons x 4: Deconstructing the Introduction, Deconstructing the Body, Deconstructing the Conclusion
7.Teacher Marking Rubric
8.Six posters on Persuasive Writing Signal Words
9.Blank Writing Sheets on a topic of choice
10.Two page mini booklet featuring the sample text. Have students refer to this booklet when attempting lesson 1 on deconstructing structure. Assembly instructions included in file.
ABOUT MINI LESSONS:
LESSON 1: DECONSTRUCTING STRUCTURE
20 questions that target the key components in terms of structure, language, and vocabulary of a persuasive piece of writing.
LESSON 2: DECONSTRUCTING THE INTRODUCTION: HOOK, OPINION, THESIS
Focus on two major hooks: strong statement, hypothetical question. Students will write their own hooks, opinions and thesis statements on given topics based on sample.
LESSON 3: DECONSTRUCTING THE BODY: TOPIC SENTENCE, DETAILS, CONCLUDING SENTENCE
A sample body paragraph is provided for students to colour code the topic sentence, supporting details and the concluding sentence. A graphic organiser enables students to brainstorm their ideas of body paragraphs on a given topic. These ideas are then written out in succeeding organisers marked: first body paragraph, second body paragraph and third body paragraph. This is an opportunity for students to also make revisions and edit their work as they write.
LESSON 4: DECONSTRUCTING THE CONCLUSION
A sample concluding paragraph is provided for students to colour code the parts of a conclusion: summary statement, brief restatement of three reasons given in body, and a call to action.