Persuasive Essay Lesson Plans 7th Grade

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From Theory to Practice

 

OVERVIEW

Persuasive writing is an important skill that can seem intimidating to elementary students. This lesson encourages students to use skills and knowledge they may not realize they already have. A classroom game introduces students to the basic concepts of lobbying for something that is important to them (or that they want) and making persuasive arguments. Students then choose their own persuasive piece to analyze and learn some of the definitions associated with persuasive writing. Once students become aware of the techniques used in oral arguments, they then apply them to independent persuasive writing activities and analyze the work of others to see if it contains effective persuasive techniques.

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Persuasion Map: Students can use this online interactive tool to map out an argument for their persuasive essay.

Persuasive Strategy PowerPoint Presentation: This handy PowerPoint presentation helps students master the definition of each strategy used in persuasive writing.
Check the Strategies: Students can apply what they know about persuasive writing strategies by evaluating a persuasive piece and indicating whether the author used that strategy, and–if so–explaining how.

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FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE

Petit, A., & Soto, E. (2002). Already experts: Showing students how much they know about writing and reading arguments. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 45(8), 674–682.

  • Students can discover for themselves how much they already know about constructing persuasive arguments by participating in an exercise that is not intimidating.

  • Progressing from spoken to written arguments will help students become better readers of persuasive texts.

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Persuasive Writing

Inspire your students to develop a passion for writing, practice reading comprehension, and build vocabulary and grammar skills with these language arts lesson plans.

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What Happened Next? Printable
Editor in Chief Printable
Write Persuasively Printable
Presenting Persuasively Printable
Persuasive Communication Printable
Choose Your Words Wisely Printable
Presenting Persuasively Printable

Lesson Plans

What Happened Next? (Grades K-4)
In this lesson, students will explore the idea of "sequencing" as related to stories the class has read and in the routine of daily life.

Editor in Chief (Grades 5-8)
During this lesson, students will learn how to edit work and will practice common editing notations, marks and the use of colored pens when editing and rewriting work.

Write Persuasively (Grades 3-5)
Show how word choice, supportive reasoning, and considering your audience relates to persuasive writing with this colorful lesson.

Choose Your Words Wisely (Grades 9-12)
With this group work-centered lesson, use several kinds of advertising to focus on word choice, and how that affects the strength or weakness of persuasive communication.

Presenting Persuasively (Grades 9-12)
Focus on teamwork and the "presentation end" of persuasive communication. Use the helpful review activity and wrap-up in this lesson to underscore the importance of presentation!

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