Gr 5 Prsusive Prsausive Writings

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FIFTH Grade

Writing Benchmark 2

Persuasive Writing ~ Guided Teaching Lessons

Persuasive writing aims to convince others to agree with the writer’s opinion or position. We all learn the skill of persuasion early as children learn to persuade their parents when they want a later bedtime or a larger allowance, and students persuade their teacher to extend recess or plan a field trip. Persuasive writing is how thoughtful citizens communicate to their community, local school board, city council and government representatives what they are thinking and what they believe should be done. Persuasive writing is an important tool to influence decisions in the classroom, in school, in the larger community and beyond. Letters to the editor and persuasive essays can bring about changes.

5th Writing Application Standard 2.4
Write Persuasive Letters or Compositions:
a. State a clear position in support of a proposal.
b. Support a position with relevant evidence.
c. Follow a simple organizational pattern.
d. Address reader concerns.

Steps for Writing a Persuasive Essay
(a) In persuasive writing, the writer expresses his or her opinion as a clear position on the topic or proposal. This is the thesis of the essay. For example, “Our schools need art classes even in times of budget cuts.” “Bike lanes will make Vacaville safer, healthier, and greener.” (b)The writer must back up the position with 2-3 solid reasons presented in the topic sentence of body paragraphs. (c) In turn, each reason must be supported with relevant evidence, (facts, examples, quotes from experts and interviews, etc.) to make the reasons believable. (d) Writers arrange the reasons following a simple organizational pattern, such as from least to most important, to have the biggest impact on the reader. (e) A good persuasive writer will recognize reader concerns and offer possible solutions (also called counter arguments). (f) Finally, the persuasive essay will conclude with a restatement of the position, a brief summary of reasons, and a final thought, insight, request or call to action.

Steps for Writing a Persuasive Essay
a. State a clear position in support of a proposal.
b. Support the position with 2-3 solid reasons presented in topic sentences. c. Support each reason with relevant evidence (facts, examples, quotes, etc.) d. Arrange the reasons in a simple organizational pattern (i.e. least to most important, most to least important, etc.)

e. Address reader concerns and offer possible solution(s) f. Conclude with a restatement of the position, a brief summary of reasons, and a final thought, insight, request, or call for action.

Table of Contents for Persuasive Guided Teaching Lessons
5th Grade

Important Teacher Note: Read Teacher Directions pages 37-45 before beginning instruction.

Teacher Directions for Guided Teaching Lessons 37-45
*5th Grade Persuasive Practice Essay46
1st Model Persuasive Letter and Teacher Annotations47-48 2nd Model Persuasive Letter and Teacher Annotations49-50 3rd Model Persuasive Letter and Teacher Annotations51-52 Persuasive Topics53

Identifying Audience, Voice, Purpose, Form and Writing a Thesis Statement54 Supporting Your Thesis with Reasons55
Transition Words and Organizational Patterns56
Practice Using Transition Words and Linking Words57
Organizing Supporting Reasons 58
Addressing Reader Concerns and Writing the Body Paragraphs59 Writing an Introductory Paragraph60
Writing a Concluding Paragraph61
Planning Page for a Persuasive Letter62
Example of a Planning Page for 1st Model Persuasive Letter63 Example of a Planning Page for 2nd Model Persuasive Letter64 Example of a Planning Page for 3rd Model Persuasive Letter65 Revision Checklist for a Persuasive Letter66

Tips for Writing an Effective...
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