Hunting for Treasure

"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island."–Walt Disney

Persuasive writing resources November 3, 2009

writingIn 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.

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