You’ve Got to Visit! –Persuasive Writing

Kids like to talk about places they have been to and like.  They’re quick to rattle off stories and sites.

A boy walking across a rope bridge
Image by Ainuddin Chalik from Pixabay 

This lesson takes it a step further and asks students to try to persuade someone to visit the very place that they like.

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Common Core State Standards

NOTE:  This lesson can address the following Common Core State Standards:  CCSS.ELA.LITERACY.W.K.1, W.1.1, W.2.1, W.3.1, W.3.1.A, W.3.1.B, W.3.1.C, W.3.1.D, W.4.1, W.4.1.A, W.4.1.B, W.4.1.C, W.4.1.D, W.5.1, W.5.1.A, W.5.1.B, W.5.1.C and W.5.1.D.

NOW FOR THE LESSON!

To get a full understanding on how I conduct each writing lesson you may want to read the Writing Prompts Introduction post.  The lesson outlined below (and all other prompts posted) will make more sense and be easier to follow and use.  Here’s the lined paper I use for Grades K-2 and Grades 2-7.

Tell the Story Line

  1. Tell the students the storyline: “You’re going to try to persuade a reader to visit a place that you really like.”

Brainstorm

2. Brainstorm places that the students like to visit: state fair, amusement parks, Mc Donald’s, Chuck E Cheese, Wet’n Wild, a zoo or beach, an aquarium etc.

3. Brainstorm reasons that they like that place: rides, activities, food, people, music, events etc.

Show the 5 Sections:

                                                            Introduction (Engage the reader.)

                                                            Reason 1

                                                            Reason 2

                                                            Reason 3

                                                            Conclusion (Encourage the reader.)

Remember:  K-1st Graders are encouraged to write 1 sentence for each section, 2nd Graders 2 sentences, 3rd Graders 3 sentences and so on.

NOW TO WRITE!

Guide the students through the following steps so their writing is organized and complete.  They are free to write these ideas in their own words.

  1. Begin by engaging the reader with questions.  Ask questions about places the reader has been or likes to go to.  Finish the introduction by filling in the blank, You’ve got to visit ______!
  2. Next, write, First of all, and explain the first reason in detail.
  3. Then, write, Second of all, and explain the second reason in detail.
  4. Fourth, write, Lastly, A final reason is, Thirdly OR Furthermore, and explain the reason in detail.
  5. Fifth, write a conclusion that encourages the reader to go to that place one more time.

EASY ART ACCENTS

As soon as students are finished writing, they can write a title using marker or ABC stickers*.

Title: Myrtle Beach written with ABC Stickers

Student Samples

Persuasive Writing-You've got to visit Wrightsville Beach!
Persuasive Writing--You've got to visit France!

GAMES TO PLAY!

Letter Tile Pyramids

Students are building a pyramid with letter tiles

Places A to Z

A to Z list of cities, states and countries

Taboo–Persuade a Place

Taboo cards that list places

Three Reasons