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.
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.
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.
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.