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Persuasive Essay For First Grade

As you know, we have started our Persuasive Writing Unit. This week was spent introducing the class to what an opinion is and what a persuasive letter might look like. We read three books, “Click Clack Moo – Cows That Type”, “I Wanna Iguana”, and “I Wanna New Room”. We used these texts to see what pieces make up a persuasive letter. 

The kids noticed that the letters in the books had some things in common.

1. They wrote their letter to someone

2. They wanted something

3. They told why they wanted it

4. They offered to do something to help get it

5. They signed their name

After seeing these examples, we brainstormed some ideas of things we might want to convince someone to help us get. Many ideas included toys, pets, and sleepovers. We tried writing some of our own letters with the ideas we came up with. We have really enjoyed the responses to our letters so far! Thank you :) They get so excited to hear what you have to say, and it really motivates them to keep writing! In the weeks ahead, we will look at every piece of a good persuasive letter and try to include those parts in our own letters. We also want to start thinking of ways to make our school, home, and even the world a better place and start writing letters based on those ideas.

Mrs. Stadt :)

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Language Arts

This persuasive writing lesson from ReadWriteThink uses the Beverly Cleary book Emily's Runaway Imagination as the springboard for kids to write letters to a librarian urging the addition of certain titles to the library. A Persuasion Map Planning Sheet(28K PDF)* guides students through steps similar to what is described above.

This resource shows the lifecycle of writing a persuasive letter to a child's parents about where to vacation for the summer. The PDF begins with the brainstorming, moves through drafting, editing, and publishing of the final letter.


From Writing Fix, here's a speech writing lesson that uses the mentor text Otto Runs for President in conjunction with the RAFT strategy. In this lesson, students assume to the role of a talking fruit or vegetable. Pretending that there's a "Fruit/Vegetable of the Year" election, the students will create a campaign speech that explains why their fruit/veggie is the best candidate for the job.

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