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Persuasive Essay 3rd Grade

Persuasive Writing- writing to convince your reader of something.

Introductions:  First impressions count for a lot- most people form an opinion quickly, and therefore, the first moments of a conversation can set a tone.  In persuasive writing, where the author's purpose is to persuade or convince the audience, the introduction is critical.  The author must be sure that the introduction does not make the reader choose the "wrong" point of view.  One way to start a lead for a persuasive piece is to use rhetorical questions.
For Example:

 Have you been hearing that elementary children are getting fat?  Do you have not enough time to exercise during the day?  Do you think we should have more time for recess than just 20 minutes?  I do!  Elementary students should have at least 45 minutes of recess EVERY day.

Persuasive Sentence starters to convince your readers that their ideas ore good BUT yours are BETTER!
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From Theory to Practice



Persuasive writing is an important skill that can seem intimidating to elementary students. This lesson encourages students to use skills and knowledge they may not realize they already have. A classroom game introduces students to the basic concepts of lobbying for something that is important to them (or that they want) and making persuasive arguments. Students then choose their own persuasive piece to analyze and learn some of the definitions associated with persuasive writing. Once students become aware of the techniques used in oral arguments, they then apply them to independent persuasive writing activities and analyze the work of others to see if it contains effective persuasive techniques.

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Persuasion Map: Students can use this online interactive tool to map out an argument for their persuasive essay.

Persuasive Strategy PowerPoint Presentation: This handy PowerPoint presentation helps students master the definition of each strategy used in persuasive writing.
Check the Strategies: Students can apply what they know about persuasive writing strategies by evaluating a persuasive piece and indicating whether the author used that strategy, and–if so–explaining how.

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Petit, A., & Soto, E. (2002). Already experts: Showing students how much they know about writing and reading arguments. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 45(8), 674–682.

  • Students can discover for themselves how much they already know about constructing persuasive arguments by participating in an exercise that is not intimidating.

  • Progressing from spoken to written arguments will help students become better readers of persuasive texts.

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