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Explore the Genre of Persuasive Writing_Argumentative


What is Persuasive Writing?
Develop a clear enough understanding of the characteristics of this genre to be able to explain your understanding to others.

Time To Complete 

1-3 Hours

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.R.5
  • CCRA.R.6

I Can Statements 

  • will know my exploration of persuasive writing is of high quality I when:
    • I can identify the elements that define persuasive writing, such as main idea or thesis, claims, and supporting evidence.

Suggestions for Assessing Student Readiness to Move Forward:

  • Confer with students to check their understanding of the elements of persuasive writing
  • Provide students an anchor text and ask them to code or otherwise identify the elements of persuasive writing
Possible Activities 
  1. Conduct a mini-lesson on persuasive writing, describing the key organizational structure, form, and approach of models within this genre. Chose anchor texts closely related to the specific format in which students will be working.

  2. Provide several exemplars and ask students to select two or three to examine and create a list of similarities in structure, craft, and form. Or use a jigsaw format, where students work in groups and each group reads texts about the genre of persuasive writing and examines a different exemplar. Then reorganize the groups so that the new groups each have one representative from the former group, and each representative shares their learning with the others in this new group to create a collective understanding of the genre.                                       

  3. Coding the Text—Ask students to read two exemplars and put the following codes on the elements they discover:

    • IP: Introduction of the position
    • MP: Main point of the position
    • SE: Supporting evidence for the position
    • T: Transition sentences
    • PL: Examples of persuasive language
    • CP: Conclusion about the position


Resource detailing the characteristics of writing genres

Sample student persuasive writing

  • USA Today editorial: “Cyberbullying calls for new weapons: our view”


Downloadable Resources 
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