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Writing to Persuade


Developed by Karen Caine
Based on the PD resource, Writing to Persuade: Minilessons to Help Students Plan, Draft, and Revise, Grades 3-8
Recommended Grade Level: Grades 3-8

In this seminar teachers will learn how to teach students to express an opinion, support their ideas with evidence, elaborate, and convince. Whether students are writing personal persuasive letters, editorials, essays, or public service announcements, the art and science of persuasion is one that students will be asked to use over and over again in their lives and one worth studying.

Participants will learn how to teach students to write well persuasively while also enjoying the teaching of persuasive writing. The key is to help students find and develop their own fresh and unique topics, explore their ideas, organize their ideas before drafting, and craft a strong argument that has honest and intentional voice.

This day is ideal for schools who want to bring the same energy and excitement to the study of persuasive writing as they do to other writing studies, all while teaching students persuasive writing techniques that work.

Course goals:

  • Learn about how reading persuasive writing can help students write stronger persuasive pieces
  • Learn about lessons to help students find topics and develop their ideas (including finding an angle or writing a thesis statement)
  • Study organization in persuasive writing in order to help students write with a better sense of organization in their own writing
  • Learn about effective persuasive writing conferences
  • Explore ways to help students revise their writing
  • Learn about a one week follow-up persuasive study that will help the teacher assess how well students have internalized what was taught

For seminar pricing information, please call 800.541.2086, ext. 1402.


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