Persuasive Letter Writing

My students are working on persuasive letters right now in writing workshop.  In the past, I always focused the unit on letters to the editor and letters to our school principal regarding issues in our school.  This year, after reading Stacey’s posts and Writing to Persuade: Minilessons to Help Students Plan, Draft, and Revise, Grades 3-8, I decided to have my students write to various companies of their choice.  I shared Ruth’s post about Stacey’s awesome student and told my students that we would be writing to companies that they felt could help our school.  

WOW!  My students are doing an amazing job so far.  They are engaged, enthusiastic, and begging to write everyday.  Their letters are awesome so far.  They are asking for donations of books for our school and classroom library, improvements to our school bathroom, and so much more.  I promise to share some of their letters once they are completed, but I am just in awe so far.   Writing to Persuade: Minilessons to Help Students Plan, Draft, and Revise, Grades 3-8 has been a great addition to my arsenal of professional resources and I am using a lot of mini-lessons and ideas to shape the unit.  I highly recommend reading it!

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2 Responses

  1. I’ll be starting my persuasive unit with my 5th graders as soon as we get back in January. I picked up Writing to Persuade also, and can already tell it will be an invaluable tool.

    Glad to hear your unit is going so well!

  2. I am thrilled that you are working with your students on letter writing! I run a letter writing web site and we’re in the middle of a ten day challenge. It’s great to build future letter writers! It’s such a powerful tool for change and making the world a better place.

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