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Writing: Using Argument in Persuasive Writing

Learning to use arguments to support an opinion is sometimes a difficult task for elementary students. The lessons and activities in this eTheme provide an organized way for students to learn to support opinions with appropriate arguments. Several types of writing activities are given for an essay, monologue, and letter. An interactive, Persuasion Map, provides a tool for students to organize their work. eThemes Resources Debate and Writing: Purpose are provided for additional forms of writing.


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This interactive tool encourages students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate
This lesson enables students to utilize skills and knowledge to write a persuasive piece. A classroom game provides opportunities for students to learn the concept of lobbying for something that is important to them and using persuasive statements for support.
Use the book, "Don't let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, to practice evaluating arguments and forming an argument.
In this lesson, students write persuasive letters to their school librarian to acquire a particular book. Interactive tools can be used to carry out this lesson.
Using the book, "My Brother's Delicious" by Stephen L. Layne, students will write a monologue using arguments to prevent being eaten. A detailed lesson plan using humor, literature, and the writing process.
This activity teaches students how to write a convincing argument about an item's importance.
This PDF provides an evaluation for students when writing a persuasive essay.
Use this language arts unit to teach students how to "argue on paper". The lessons prepare students to write essays for a "pro" argument and "con" argument.
This site provides numerous links to assist students in making a persuasive argument in their writing.
This site provides links to teach students how to analyze an argument and develop an essay to support their views.
These sites offer tips and activity ideas for sponsoring classroom debates at various grade levels. Learn how to prepare for a debate and how to improve your presentation skills. Includes transcripts and video clips of presidential debates from 1960-2008. There are links to eThemes Resources on Persuasive Speeches, Debate Topic: Year Round School, and Writing: Purpose.
These sites are about persuasive, narrative, and expository writing and why authors write. Includes examples of how to write in these different styles and a graphic organizer to help students arrange their thoughts. Read author biographies about their writing and where they get inspiration from. Includes links to writing resources on text structures and personal narrative writing.

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