In my district, part of the 6th grade curriculum is to write a persuasive paper. I’m planning on working with my class on persuasive writing next month. This year I want to steer a different direction with my persuasive writing projects, so I’ve been on the hunt for fresh ideas. The first place I stopped on my hunt is the website WritingFix, which is hosted by the Northern Nevada Writing Project. I’ve visited this site many times, so I knew I would find some good stuff. I really hit the jackpot! They’ve posted lots of new ideas related to persuasive writing since my last visit. There are too many ideas to mention, so take a look for yourself.
I’ve also been thinking about mentor texts that I could use related to persuasive writing, and I’ve decided on two:
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
As a preteaching activity, just to put a little bug in my kids’ ears about persuasive writing, I used the poem “The Dirtiest Man in the World” by Shel Silverstein for our Friday poem last week. After we read it together, my class and I discussed reasons why Dirty Dan should take a bath. With a partner, the kids wrote a letter to Dirty Dan, trying to persuade him to clean up. The letters were hilarious! It was a quick way to get them thinking about persuasive writing.