Saturday, May 10, 2014

Persuasive Writing

Recently we have been learning about persuasive writing in my class. This journey began by writing letters to the school principal asking for a class pet. Using a mentor text letter each day we would talk about the different parts we noticed of the letter and added them to ours. 

The anchor chart below outlines the different parts we learned about how to write a persuasive letter. 

On a different day we read the book TEN THINGS I CAN DO TO HELP THIS WORLD by Melanie Walsh. 

We reread this book a few times before we brainstormed a list of things that were important in our KINDERGARTEN WORLD. 

·      Walking in the hallway
·      Recycling paper
·      Putting classroom tools away
·      Caring for animals
·      Turning the light switch off
·      Turning running water off
·      Walking your dog
·      Drawing on two sides of the paper
·      Wearing sneakers on PE day
·      Returning library books on Tuesday
·      Eating healthy foods 

I also created a template for the students to create their persuasive posters. The template helps students with the placement of the title, words, and illustrations. 

Click here for template

Sticky-Note Book Recommendations

On an another day, we learned about STICKY NOTE BOOK REVIEWS. Using a Post-it, students were encouraged to write about a book to persuade someone else to read that book. You can see an example of the anchor chart. Here are some of the guidelines I talked about with my class.

You need to know the book.
You want to write something “Catchy”
You want to try to tell something specific.


  1. LOVE the Sticky Note idea. I have to try! Smiles and stop by anytime!

  2. The toolkit below is something 3isk I plan to use when I conference with students during writing workshop.


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